World boxing champion and senator-elect Manny Pacquiao is hitting the books by taking a nine-day crash course on governance starting Wednesday, June 8.
The senator is taking the quick course with his Senate staff in preparation for his legislative duties as senator.
Held in General Santos City, the Executive Coaching Program will run from June 8 to June 17.
According to Pacquiao's office, the program “aims to brief the neophyte senator and his team with an overview of key issues in governance and nation-building.” The statement added that the information from the program would be "vital in advancing the newly-elected senator's legislative agenda."
The program is conducted by the Philippine Public Safety College, Development Academy of the Philippines, the Asian Institute of Management, and the Ateneo School of Government.
On his first day, Pacquiao and his team listened to a lecture on self-mastery from Fr. Jose Jonathan A. Bitoy. Peter Laviña, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte's campaign spokesman, talked about federalism and presented a "situationer" on the Duterte government.
Other topics to be covered in the coming days include social graces and protocols, the conditional cash transfer program, foreign policy, disaster response, health, education, labor, economy, the West Philippine Sea, and the freedom of information bill.
The boxer will also listen to lectures on parliamentary procedures and "power blocs" in the Senate.
Before taking office in the Lower House in 2010, Pacquiao also attended a crash course at the University of the Philippines.