THE Philippine Sports Commission will be awarding a gold Medal of Valor to Hidilyn Diaz for winning the country’s historic Olympic gold.
Under the Republic Act 10699 or the expanded Incentives Act, the winner of an Olympic and Paralympic gold will receive the highest athletic honor on top of the monetary incentive of P10 and P5 million, respectively.
The PSC has already prepared the said medal accordingly and is looking into awarding it alongside the monetary incentives, usually given out by the President himself, in a courtesy call in Malacanang.
This is a long-time provision of the law which the country never had the chance to follow, but is now set to be implemented for the first time with Diaz’s historic and record-breaking victory. The design is still under wraps, but will be give honor to both sports and the nation’s symbols.
The 26-year-old pride of Zamboanga City is set to arrive from Tokyo on Wednesday (July 28) 4:45 pm via PAL.
“It’s mandatory,” Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, referring to protocols set by the Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee.
“But more important is that Hidilyn wants to be with her family who she hasn’t seen for more than one and a half years now.”
Athletes, coaches, officials, and even media are required to leave Japan within 48 hours after the completion of their events or tasks as prescribed by the Tokyo Olympics Playbook.
Officials of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) where Diaz serving as reserved officer in Navy and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) led by Commissioners Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin, Celia Kiram and Ramon ‘El Presidente’ Fernandez are expected to welcome Diaz along with her Chinese coach and personal conditioning trainer.
“Congratulations it is well deserved. I am very humbled to witness this momentous milestone in Philippine sports. Salamat Hidilyn. You make us all proud to be Filipinos,” said PSC Chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez.
Diaz and her team—Chinese coach Gao Kaiwen and strength and conditioning coach Julius Naranjo—will have to be hotel quarantined for seven days as set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).