President Rodrigo Duterte will be giving additional incentives to the Filipino athletes who won medals in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games held in Hanoi, Vietnam, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said on Monday.
Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Sports, said these additional incentives are on top of the incentives provided by law.
President Rodrigo Duterte will award additional incentives to Filipino athletes who won medals in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
“Maliban doon sa (Aside from those) mandated by law, bibigyan po ang ating mga atleta ng karagdagang insentibo upang mas ma-encourage pa po sila (we will grant our athletes additional incentives to encourage them more),” Go said.
“Kung maaalala po ninyo, noong nakaraang SEA Games, I suggested na bigyan ng awards and incentives ang athletes natin nang maengganyo naman sila at matulungan rin ang kanilang mga pamilya, (If you remember, last SEA Games, I suggested that we give all our athletes more awards and incentives to encourage them and also help their family),” the senator said.
Duterte gave additional financial incentives and other monetary rewards to athletes in the past. The additional incentives for the 31st SEA games medalists shall be determined and provided by the Office of the President.
Earlier, the senator praised Team Philippines for their remarkable performance at the SEA Games in Hanoi after getting a total of 227 medals.
The country’s delegation placed fourth in the medal standings, with 52 gold medals, 70 silver medals, and 105 bronze medals.
Under Republic Act No. 10699, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is mandated to provide financial incentives to medal-winning athletes. The law, also known as the National Athletes and Coaches Incentives and Benefits Act, rewards a Filipino athlete P300,000 for each gold medal earned, while a silver and bronze medal are worth P150,000 and P60,000, respectively.
Go lauded the government’s efforts to support the delegation’s training and assistance to the fullest extent possible.
The government, he said, should continue to invest in programs, financial aid, and infrastructure to assist the athletes in achieving their goals.
“Marami nang magagandang idinulot ang ating mga efforts para masuportahan ang atletang Pilipino at mapalakas ang sports development programs sa bansa. Paigtingin pa natin lalo ito (Our support for Filipino athletes have done a lot of good and it strengthened the country’s sports development programs. Let’s improve on it more),” the senator stressed.