Fitness center in every barangay pushed

Posted at 06/28/2014 2:48 PM

MANILA - A lawmaker is pushing for the establishment of a community fitness center in every barangay nationwide in a bid to promote the well-being and health of Filipinos.

Las Piñas Rep. Mark Villar's filed House Bill 4316, citing the constitutional mandate of the state to promote physical education and encourage sports programs to foster self-discipline, teamwork and excellence among the people.

"The collective health of the people affects to a great extent the success of their overall socio-economic development. The state of health and mental fitness of every person are controlling factors on the ability to take advantage of education, technical capabilities and business entrepreneurship," Villar said.

Under the measure, community fitness centers will be supervised by the municipal or city health officer.

Free seminars to would-be physical fitness leaders and trainors in the barangays shall be provided.

Upon the recommendation of the local health board of the municipality or city, a full time fitness coordinator with a monthly compensation of not less than P10,000 shall be appointed to manage the center.

The fitness coordinator shall formulate criteria for the selection of qualified individuals for training and accreditation as physical fitness instructors in the center.

The fitness coordinator shall also introduce and implement varied physical fitness and sports competition within the barangay; conduct consultation with the residents; oversee and ensure the continuous and effective implementation of the activities and program; and disseminate proper information on the policy and objective of the activities to encourage the active participation of all residents.