Filipino medalists were recently rewarded for their exploits at the recent 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, where President Rodrigo Duterte showed his love for the country’s sports heroes.
“There is no time that I am so proud of my country that you are here. You have done a good job and I am very happy with the result, “Duterte told the athletes and coaches present during the courtesy call at Malakanang Palace.
Through the Philippine Sports Commission, the government has provided about 52 million P52 million as legal incentives provided by law, including 52 gold, 70 silver and 104 bronze P35 million collected by Filipino athletes at the SEA Games.
In addition to the 258 medal winners, a total of 62 coaches similarly received their cash bonuses with the medal winners in 37 of the 38 games where Team Philippines participated.
“It’s not about winning, it’s about going there just to give the country an image. While I am very happy that we have won so many medals, we should be proud of whether our athletes win medals or not, “said Duterte.
Billiards icon Efren “Bata” Reyes cheered loudly from his fellow athletes and coaches when he received the Order of Lapu-Lapu from Duterte.
Olympian rower Chris Neverage, US Open 9-ball champion Carlo Biado, weightlifter Vanessa Sarno and swimmer Chloe Isletta were among the 178 medalists who were awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu, which earned national recognition for athletes. Their exemplary service to the country.
It may be recalled that Filipino medalists at the 2019 SEA Games were given the same distinction that the country hosted.
The PSC has allocated cash bonuses under Republic Act 10699, otherwise known as the National Athletes and Coaches Incentives and Benefits Act, which rewards an athlete P300,000 for each gold medal while a silver and bronze worth P150,000 and P60,000 each.
In addition to these financial rewards from the government and the POC, it is no secret that Duterte, by tradition, provides a separate cash bonus for medal-winning athletes from the President’s Office, announced by Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong”. On monday.
Duterte was joined on the stage by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia, Senator Go (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports), Republican Faustino Michael Carlos Die III (Chairman of the House Committee for Youth and Sports Development), William Ramirez, Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Abraham “Bambol” Talentino.
According to Ramirez, the PSC recognized Duterte’s consistent and strong support as the key to Team Philippines’ success in the Olympics, not just in the SEA Games, as well as the first Olympic gold medal for weightlifter Heidelin Diaz in Tokyo last year.
Also present were PSC Commissioners Arnold Augustine, Celia Kiram, Charles Maxi and Ramon Fernandez, who served as Team Philippines Chef de Mission in Vietnam, as well as Team Philippine Deputy Chef de Mission Pearl Managueld and Carl Sambrano.
Fernandez presented Duterte with a national team jacket, drawing a round of applause from the crowd.
The Philippines climbed to fourth place in Hanoi, but it was the best finishing in the country when it did not host the Games or finished second in the 1983 SEA Games in Singapore.
The coaches of the podium finishers received 50 percent of the financial incentives that their athletes received.
For the team’s cash incentive, a team of four or fewer received the equivalent of the respective individual medal they won while each member of a team of five or more was entitled to receive 25 percent of the value of the individual medal.
These cash bonuses are funded by the government from the net cash income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, which is sent to the PSC’s National Sports Development Fund.
This is more than the regular earnings share sent to PSC by Pagcor.
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