MANILA, Philippines – Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Arroyo is calling for the creation of a boxing academy that will help local talents to become highly competitive in international bouts.
Arroyo filed House Bill 5224 to create the Philippine Boxing Academy (PHILBACA) under the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
The bill is co-authored by former President and now Pampanga 2nd district Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
To be known as the Boxing Academy Act of 2011, the bill also seeks to conduct boxing tournaments on a year-round basis in various provinces in the country to promote professional boxing in the countryside.
The tournament shall be open to all local aspiring boxers with the purpose of identifying local talents to be recruited as scholars to the academy.
"The country has successfully produced a number of world champions both in the professional and amateur boxing leagues making it more imperative to harness our efforts and resources in boxing," Arroyo said in a statement.
According to Arroyo, Philippine boxing has come a long way and the people have been witnesses to the rise of genuine Filipino talents in the field, one of whom is Saranggani Rep. and 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao.
Besides Pacquiao, Arroyo also identified other boxing legends like Francisco "Pancho Villa" Guilledo, Gabriel "Flash Elorde", Luisito Espinosa, Rolando Navarette, and Gerry Penalosa in the professional category and Jose Villanueva, Anthony Villanueva, Leopoldo Serrantes, Roel Velasco and Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco in the amateur level.
"They all helped the country be recognized as a breeding ground for world champions. They made their names in the boxing league and have brought honor and glory to the Philippines," Arroyo said.