Incentives await Pinoy medalists

Published November 28, 2019, 10:22 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Genalyn Kabiling and Mario Casayuran 

Filipino athletes who will win medals in this year’s South­east Asian (SEA) Games will receive incentives and med­als from President Duterte in a bid to boost their morale, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced the package of incentives for the athletes after ap­pealing for an end to the “raucous bashing” of the games as well as sup­port for the athletes.

“To end on a high note, the Palace wishes to announce that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will give incen­tives and even medals in the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the winning athletes,” Panelo said in a statement.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who gave extraordinary ser­vice or exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the incentives from President Duterte are in addition to those provided for by law.

“To all the athletes participating in the games, we wish them the best of luck as they display their wares and talents in the competition,” he added.

Go said he suggested to the Pres­ident that he should give awards and incentives to the Filipino athletes to boost their morale and to win de­spite controversies surrounding the preparations for the SEA Games.

Go, a former Special Assistant to the President, said Duterte would make good on his plan because he has done it recently.

He recalled the President giv­ing separate incentives to five athletes, including Hidilyn Diaz, a weightlifter (bronze medalist), and Carlos Yulo, a gold medalist in gymnastics.

In a meet-and-greet with the President in Malacañang on October 16, recent gold medalists Yulo, Er­nest Obiena (pole vault), and Nesthy Petecio (boxing) each received P1 million, while silver medalist Eu­mir Marcial (boxing) and Diaz each received P500,000.

Go said the rewards were given in addition to what the five ath­letes received under Republic Act No. 10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incen­tives Act.

He said the President has not mentioned the amount to be given to SEA Games medalists.

Go also expressed his hopes for the Philippine Team to have an ex­cellent performance.

READ MORE: Duterte wants more incentives for winning athletes

Despite the organizational laps­es that marred the sports competi­tion, the Palace has sought an end to “raucous bashing” of the games.

The public has been asked to rally behind the athletes and show hos­pitality to the foreign visitors. “Let the games continue without the attendant raucous bashing. Our local athletes deserve our support,” Panelo said.

“Let us welcome our foreign guests with the kind of warm hos­pitality we are known for,” he added.

Panelo also asked the public “to be more circumspect in reading articles that may contain false in­formation or fake news.” “Let us not believe them outright. Many of them turn out to be untrue,” he said.

The Palace likewise appealed to the media to avoid reporting false information.

“We call on media outfits to be more prudent in their reporting and avoid publishing information without verification, as allegations are remembered, not their clarifica­tions or justifications,” he said.

The preparations for this year’s SEA Games, led by a private foun­dation Philippine SEA Games Or­ganizing Committee (Phisgoc), have been marred with logistical glitches that inconvenienced some athletes. Dismayed with the lapses, President Duterte has authorized an investigation on allegations of irregularities as soon as the tourna­ment is over.

Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism (DOT) held an emergency meeting this week with representa­tives of various hotels in Metro Manila to en­sure that quality ac­commodation is being given to the athletes participating in the 30th SEA Games.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat gave a directive to “ensure that the Filipino brand of hos­pitality is exercised to the maximum capaci­ty of hotels’ resources and capabilities.”

“It is in situations like this that we are faced with the chal­lenge of making our visitors’ stay in the country one of fun and fulfilling experience. Anyway, that is what this friendly competition is about. Let us win as one. To do this, let us rise to the occasion and put our best foot for­ward,” she added.

The DOT said that it will be as­signing a focal person in each of the four sporting event clusters and upgrading its existing information desks at the lobbies of the partici­pating hotels. (With a report from Analou de Vera)

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Incentives await Pinoy medalists

Published November 28, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Genalyn Kabiling and Mario Casayuran 

Filipino athletes who will win medals in this year’s South­east Asian (SEA) Games will receive incentives and med­als from President Duterte in a bid to boost their morale, Malacañang announced Thursday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo announced the package of incentives for the athletes after ap­pealing for an end to the “raucous bashing” of the games as well as sup­port for the athletes.

“To end on a high note, the Palace wishes to announce that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will give incen­tives and even medals in the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the winning athletes,” Panelo said in a statement.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who gave extraordinary ser­vice or exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said the incentives from President Duterte are in addition to those provided for by law.

“To all the athletes participating in the games, we wish them the best of luck as they display their wares and talents in the competition,” he added.

Go said he suggested to the Pres­ident that he should give awards and incentives to the Filipino athletes to boost their morale and to win de­spite controversies surrounding the preparations for the SEA Games.

Go, a former Special Assistant to the President, said Duterte would make good on his plan because he has done it recently.

He recalled the President giv­ing separate incentives to five athletes, including Hidilyn Diaz, a weightlifter (bronze medalist), and Carlos Yulo, a gold medalist in gymnastics.

In a meet-and-greet with the President in Malacañang on October 16, recent gold medalists Yulo, Er­nest Obiena (pole vault), and Nesthy Petecio (boxing) each received P1 million, while silver medalist Eu­mir Marcial (boxing) and Diaz each received P500,000.

Go said the rewards were given in addition to what the five ath­letes received under Republic Act No. 10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incen­tives Act.

He said the President has not mentioned the amount to be given to SEA Games medalists.

Go also expressed his hopes for the Philippine Team to have an ex­cellent performance.

READ MORE: Duterte wants more incentives for winning athletes

Despite the organizational laps­es that marred the sports competi­tion, the Palace has sought an end to “raucous bashing” of the games.

The public has been asked to rally behind the athletes and show hos­pitality to the foreign visitors. “Let the games continue without the attendant raucous bashing. Our local athletes deserve our support,” Panelo said.

“Let us welcome our foreign guests with the kind of warm hos­pitality we are known for,” he added.

Panelo also asked the public “to be more circumspect in reading articles that may contain false in­formation or fake news.” “Let us not believe them outright. Many of them turn out to be untrue,” he said.

The Palace likewise appealed to the media to avoid reporting false information.

“We call on media outfits to be more prudent in their reporting and avoid publishing information without verification, as allegations are remembered, not their clarifica­tions or justifications,” he said.

The preparations for this year’s SEA Games, led by a private foun­dation Philippine SEA Games Or­ganizing Committee (Phisgoc), have been marred with logistical glitches that inconvenienced some athletes. Dismayed with the lapses, President Duterte has authorized an investigation on allegations of irregularities as soon as the tourna­ment is over.

Meanwhile, the Department of Tourism (DOT) held an emergency meeting this week with representa­tives of various hotels in Metro Manila to en­sure that quality ac­commodation is being given to the athletes participating in the 30th SEA Games.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat gave a directive to “ensure that the Filipino brand of hos­pitality is exercised to the maximum capaci­ty of hotels’ resources and capabilities.”

“It is in situations like this that we are faced with the chal­lenge of making our visitors’ stay in the country one of fun and fulfilling experience. Anyway, that is what this friendly competition is about. Let us win as one. To do this, let us rise to the occasion and put our best foot for­ward,” she added.

The DOT said that it will be as­signing a focal person in each of the four sporting event clusters and upgrading its existing information desks at the lobbies of the partici­pating hotels. (With a report from Analou de Vera)

READ MORE: DOT holds emergency meet with hotel groups to ensure quality accommodations for SEAG athletes

 
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