SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
23 February 2021 04:25:21 PM
The House Committee on Youth and Sports Development chaired by Isabela Rep. Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III, in an online meeting Tuesday, approved the creation of a substitute resolution to House Resolution 1507 authored by Deputy Speaker Michael Romero PhD. The resolution urges the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the appropriate government agencies to include the national athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics and South East Asian (SEA) Games, in the list of priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination. According to Dy, the International Olympic Committee does not require COVID-19 vaccination for the Tokyo Olympic Competition. However, Dy proposed an amendment to HR 1507 to also include other national athletes competing for other tournaments this year in the list of priority groups alongside the vulnerable sectors and health workers. Also, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez hopes that the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) would approve the inclusion of the athletes in the vaccination program. Aside from the Tokyo Olympics and SEA Games, the Philippines will also participate in the 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games, Bahrain 2021 Asian Youth Para Games and 11th ASEAN Para Games in Vietnam. The panel also adopted and crafted a substitute resolution to HRs 720 and 744, commending Dr. Potenciano Larrazabal III for being the first Filipino to compete and finish in the 2020 World Marathon Challenge. The resolutions were authored by Cebu Reps. Vincent Franco Frasco and the late Raul Del Mar. The panel also approved and consolidated HRs 1500 and 1520, commending Alexandra Maniego Eala for winning her first professional title in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament; as well as HR 1548, commending Ernest John Obiena for winning the gold medal in pole vault at the Internationales Stadionfest held at Berlin, Germany. Lastly, the panel approved the creation of a substitute bill to HB 5808 or the Young Athletes Assistance Act authored by Siquijor Rep. Jake Vincent Villa.