Filipino athletes have reason to celebrate this early in 2019. Republic Act No. 11214, otherwise known as Philippine Sports Training Center Act, was approved on February 14, 2019, which seeks to establish a P3.5 Billion state-of-the-art and highly scientific sports complex to be called the Philippine Sports Training Center.
Under RA 11214, the PSTC will be the training ground for the development of national athletes through the use of scientific principles and programs, proven training techniques and modern equipment and facilities that are at par with international standards. The PSTC will also serve as a venue to host both local and international sports competitions as well as for the training of coaches and referees. Development of sports science and research will also be conducted at the PSTC.
The PSTC seeks to cater to all Olympic and non-Olympic sports. RA 11214 designed the PSTC to accommodate not only popular sports in the country like basketball and volleyball, but also other uncommon sports such as petanque, pencak silat, sambo, and wushu.
RA 11214 authorized the Philippine Sports Commission to administer, manage, operate, and maintain the PSTC. Ownership of the PSTC is likewise vested with the PSC. The law also directed the planning for the PSTC within six months from February 2019 and the construction within 18 months.