inoy ames medal­ists get cash in­cen­tives

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports -

FOR bring­ing pride and honor to the coun­try, 121 Filipino ath­letes who bagged medals in the re­cently con­cluded 29th As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian (SEA) Games were granted cash in­cen­tives on Wed­nes­day night at the Mala­cañan Palace.

In his key­note speech, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte said the gov­ern­ment and the Filipino peo­ple would sup­port Philip­pine ath­letes “in ev­ery step of the way.”

“I ex­press my heart­felt grat­i­tude to the ath­letes who rep­re­sented us in the re­cently con­cluded 29th South­east Asian Games,” Duterte said.

“I con­grat­u­late you, es­pe­cially the medal­ists, for the ac­com­plish­ments you brought forth for the coun­try, for the hard work, and dis­ci­pline,” he added.

Duterte handed out the cash in­cen­tives from the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) to ath­letes who bagged 24 gold, 33 sil­ver, and 64 bronze medals dur­ing the SEA Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A to­tal of P18,037,500 was given to the medal­win­ning ath­letes.

Un­der Na­tional Ath­letes and Coach Ben­e­fits Act or Repub­lic Act 10699, gold medal­ist will re­ceive P300,000, sil­ver medal­ist will get P150,000, and bronze medal­ist will take home P60,000.

On top of PSC’s cash grant, Pres­i­den­tial Ad­viser for Sports Dennis Uy pro­vided ad­di­tional cash in­cen­tives worth P50,000 for the gold medal­ists, P30,000 for the sil­ver medal­ists, and P10,000 for the bronze medal­ists.

Uy took the ini­tia­tive to give ad­di­tional cash grants through the Sik­lab Atleta Pilip­inas Sports Foun­da­tion “to sup­port the Filipino ath­letes in their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to rep­re­sent the coun­try in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.”

The Pres­i­dent also granted pres­i­den­tial ci­ta­tions to all the medal­ists for their per­for­mance in the SEA Games. Dur­ing the event, ath­letes’ coaches also re­ceived cash in­cen­tives amount­ing to a to­tal of P7,181,250.

Un­der the law, coaches are en­ti­tled to get cash in­cen­tives equiv­a­lent to half of the amount the win­ning ath­letes will re­ceive.

The Philip­pine team is ranked sixth place in this year’s multi-sports event, with the gold medal haul dip­ping to its low­est this year.

The Philip­pines made his­tory by win­ning its first SEA Games over­all cham­pi­onship ti­tle when it hosted the event in 2005.

Its ranked, how­ever, dropped to sixth place fin­ish in 2007, fifth in 2009, sixth in 2011, sev­enth in 2013, and sixth in 2015.

Duterte called on the PSC to re­cruit other po­ten­tial ath­letes na­tion­wide that will cater Filipinos’ com­pet­i­tive­ness “here and abroad.”

“I en­joined the PSC to widen scope and re­cruit na­tion­wide,” he said.

“Look for mem­bers of in­dige­nous tribes and out-of-school youths. Let us give them a chance to hone their tal­ents and live up to their fullest po­ten­tials.” (SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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