THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) on Friday announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved an additional P100,000 games allowance each to 19 Tokyo Olympians and six Paralympians.
PSC Chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez said he was elated on this development saying that “our athletes deserve this additional show of support.”
“Thank you President Duterte sa lagi niyong suporta sa ating mga atleta,” he added
The additional support was approved upon the recommendation of the PSC and Senate Committee on Sports Chairman Senator Bong Go.
Senator Go pushes for additional allowance, incentives for Filipino athletes competing in Tokyo Olympics as he assures them of full support from gov’t
“Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa mahal na Pangulo, sa Office of the President, dahil inaprubahan nila ang ating apela na dagdagan ang allowances ng ating mga atleta na lalahok sa Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics,” said Go.
“Ako, ine-expect ko na makakuha tayo ng ginto. We wish them good luck at ako naman po ay tiwalang kakayanin nating manalo at makakuha ng ating inaasam na gold medal para sa ating bayan. Dito lang po kami nagbibigay ng full support sa ating mga atleta,” he added.
Earlier, initial allowances and provisions have already been given to the athletes and coaches including US$1,000 per person, delegation supply of competition equipment and uniforms, plane tickets, billeting, and delegation uniforms through the efforts of the PSC.
There are presently 19 Filipino Olympians qualified to compete in the Olympics which will take place from July 23 to September 8 and five Filipino Paralympians qualified for the Paralympics, which will take place from August 24 to September 5.
Under Republic Act No. 10699, Olympic medalists would be awarded PhP10 million if they win a gold medal; PhP5 million for a silver medal; and PhP2 million for a bronze medal. On the other hand, Paralympic medalists would get PhP5 million for a gold medal; PhP2.5 million for a silver medal; and PhP1 million for a bronze medal.
According to Go, the President is also expected to provide additional cash incentives to all medalists.
“We can see the sincere care of the President for our athletes, grassroots to elite ito. He is the only president who never missed any Palarong Pambansa, consistently recognized the achievements of our athletes by always inviting them to the Palace and sacrificed standing for three straight hours to award the incentives of our elite athletes,” explained the sports chief.
Here are the official game schedules of the Team Philippines in Tokyo Games.