Officials see loopholes in Senate Bill No. 2226

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Friday, May 23, 2014


SENATE Bill No. 2226 has good intention to regulate and provide protection to student-athletes in the country, but many athletic directors and officials, including those from private and public schools in Bacolod, see some loopholes in the proposed law.

Senators Pia Cayetano, Cynthia Villar and Miriam Defensor-Santiago have filed Senate Bill No. 2226 or an “Act protecting the amateur nature of student-athletes in the Philippines by regulating the residency requirement and prohibiting the commercialization of student-athletes.”

Anthony Carlo Agustin, athletic director of West Negros University, said Thursday that he is in favor of the provision which states that “no residency requirement shall be imposed on a high school student-athlete transferring to another high school or to a college or university.”

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However, he is unconvinced with the section which stresses that it will allow schools to give deserving student-athletes tuition, board, and lodging, uniform and equipment, as well as reasonable living allowance while it prohibits schools from offering student-athlete or his immediate family members the benefits or incentives beyond what is enumerated under Section 7.

“How can this proposed law justify or prove that schools have already violated such provisions? What is the allowed form of board and lodging for student-athletes and what is the limit of so-called reasonable living allowance? And, finally, how can this law determine if immediate family members of athletes got offers?” Agustin questioned.

“Not until these things will be addressed, this proposed law will turn useless. Moreover, they also have to consult the schools and stakeholders to hear comments on this bill,” he added.

For many years, provincial-based schools are clamoring for a law to protect them from massive piracy by bigger schools in capital cities and in the National Capital Region.

Recent recruits include Samjosef Belangel who went to Ateneo de Manila University. The incoming third year Blue Eaglet, a hot prospect from Bacolod Tay Tung High School was a top pick having been a member of the Bacolod 3-on-3 champion team in the Batang Pinoy 2013.

Former Growee 3-on-3 champions from Bacolod Christian College of Negros also joined the Adamson University high school varsity. Jason Celis and Raymund Umayao were accompanied by their long-time coach Nestor Ordonio to ADU and both cagers missed their final game against BTTHS in the Bacolod leg of Coca-Cola PBA Youngstars early this month.

About to join the La Salle Greenhills junior quintet are Rafael Minerales and Jesmar Pedrosa, who were rumored to have been denied entry to BTTHS this summer after having played for the Thunderbolts in Milo SBP Games.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 23, 2014.

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