The Iloilo Provincial Government is eyeing the establishment of the Iloilo Sports Academy and Training Center. Iloilo 3rd District Board Member Matt Palabrica, together with officials from the Department of Education, and the Commission on Higher Education convened for the proposal.
“Upon consultation, we have planned to have a consortium with different state universities and colleges to accommodate our athletes for them to be trained by our academy and at the same time, they can attend school so as their ambition to become professionals will not be hampered,” states Iloilo 3rd District Board Member Matt Palabrica.
Palabrica highlights the statement of Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. of having home-grown athletes improve through the help of the province. The academy will be recruiting athletes from secondary and tertiary levels; athletes in the following fields: track and field, javelin throw, long jump, and high jump, among others.
Moreover, the academy will provide its athletes with allowance, free board and lodging, educational assistance, book and uniform assistance, among others. The envisioned academy will be nestled inside the Iloilo Sports Complex, and will be operational by 2021.