PH athletes to get more cash incentives in new bill

SENATOR Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said yesterday that gold-medal winners in the Olympics stand to receive P10 million in incentives once Congress ratifies a bill that seeks to broaden the coverage of incentives and improve the benefits granted to national athletes, coaches and trainers.

“The smooth passage of this bill in Congress proves that lawmakers agree that our national athletes deserve proper recognition and assistance for their perseverance and the honor they bring to our country,” said Angara, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports.

Angara said a copy of the measure  will be sent to  President Aquino  for his signature.

“I’m sure he will not hesitate in signing this measure,” added Angara.

Under the proposed National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act, the amount of cash incentives given to winning athletes, coaches and trainers will be increased.

Also, athletes with disabilities will be included in the grant of benefits and incentives for their achievements.

For the Olympic Games, Angara said gold medalists will be granted P10 million, while  the silver medalists will receive  P5 million. Bronze medalists will be given P2 million.

For medallists in the Asian Games, gold medalists will be entitled to a P2-million cash incentive, while the silver medalist gets P1 million. Bronze medalists will pocket P400,000.

As for the SEA Games, the gold medalists will get P300,000, the silver medalists, P150,000, and the bronze medalists, P60,000.

“The term ‘national athletes’ should also encompass all athletes including those who are differently-abled. Their limitations did not stand in their way, and we have witnessed how these individuals push the limits to bring pride to the country,” the senator said.

The bill also seeks to grant every national athlete, coach and trainer a  20-percent discount on transportation, hotels and other lodging establishments, restaurants, and purchase of medicine and sports equipment for their actual and exclusive use.

Winning national athletes will also be entitled to scholarship benefits in the form of full tuition fees in state colleges and universities.

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