Senatoriable Romualdez bats for DECS revival

By Ivan Saldajeno

LOS BAÑOS--For Congressman Martin Romualdez, the time to bring back the "CS" in the old DECS is now.

The representative of the First District of Leyte to the lower house, who is seeking one of 12 senatorial seats for this year's elections, thinks it's time to revert the function of the current Department of Education to the old format which also included culture and sports.

Right after a forum involving him and three other senatorial aspirants at the SEARCA Auditorium on Wednesday, Romualdez told Dugout Philippines, "I want to put back DECS.... I feel that sports is a very key element in keeping the students busy. It's a part of balanced education."

He also said that he is willing to team up with members of the PSC in further bolstering the Philippine sports scene.

"I'm a very close friend of members of the [Philippine] Sports Commission.... [For me,] we really have to emphasize sports to keep [the youth] away from illegal activities that are destroying them and have healthy minds and bodies," Romualdez continued.

Romualdez, while running under his own party where he is the current president, Lakas-CMD, Romualdez is adopted to the UNA slate by Vice President Jojo Binay and the PRP senatoriables roster by Senator Miriam Santiago. Both Binay and Santiago are running for the presidential spot for the May 9 election.

[Editor's Note: Dugout Philippines is not endorsing any electoral candidate and only delivers reports on what the said candidate's platform for Philippine sports.]

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