17 regional schools receive P8.5-million subsidy for training athletes

Deped Secretary Br. Armin Luistro
The Department of Education has earmarked P8.5-million subsidy to 17 regional schools offering special programs in honing student-athletes in selected public high schools. Each school will receive P500,000 as training subsidy.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the subsidy will enable the schools to effectively deliver services to student-athletes who will one day participate in national and international competitions. “There is cost in developing world-class athletes and the schools are the natural breeding ground of grassroots talents,” Luistro said.
As specified in DepEd Order 28, s. 2012, the additional subsidy, which augments the schools’ maintenance and operating expense, will go to the training of teachers and administrators on relevant topics in sports. The order intends schools to procure instructional materials, sports supplies, and athletic uniforms as well as for student development activities such as training, workshops, participation in DepEd-approved competitions including travel allowance of students during trainings and competitions. Moreover, it will also finance the participation of teachers in DepEd-sponsored scholarships and professional upgrading including enrolment in master’s degree program in sports.
The 17 SPS schools are Ilocos Norte National High School in Region I, Cagayan National High School (NHS) in Region 2, Victoria NHS in Region 3, Lopez National Comprehensive HS in Region 4-A, Palawan National School in Region 4-B, Camarines Sur NHS in Region 5, Iloilo NHS in Region 6, Negros Oriental NHS in Region 7, Palo NHS in Region 8, Zamboanga Sibugay NHS in Region 9, Bukidnon NHS in Region 10, Sto. Tomas NHS in Region 11, General Santos City NHS in Region 12, Bayugan National  Comprehensive HS in CARAGA, Datu Paglas NHS in Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao, Tabuk NHS in Cordillera Administrative Region, and Muntinlupa Science HS in the National Capital Region.
To ensure that the financial subsidy is rationally utilized and recommended for its continued release, the recipient schools are directed to conduct a yearly mentoring program to other schools within the division/region which intend to implement the same sports program.  These aspiring schools will also be given access to the sports equipment and facilities to improve their learning.
Further, the student-beneficiaries of the sports program must continue to participate in national or international competitions.
“Because we want to develop the whole person and not just their physical talent, we require that our athlete-beneficiaries attain a mean percentage score above the national average in the National Achievement Test,” Luistro said.
The memo also stated that schools, which fail to comply with the guidelines, run the risk of having the subsidy suspended.