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PSC lend a hand to affected PH athletes in typhoon hit provinces

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Board on Tuesday has approved the release of P15,000 cash assistance for each of the 85 athletes and 20 coaches from 24 sports who were affected by typhoon ‘Odette’ to help them start recovery from the destruction.

PSC Chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez has been closely keeping track of the situation since the weekend, initiating a relief operation that also sent about 10,000 bottled water and 900 units of mattresses. The Special Services Office of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, which also oversees the detailed service of the country’s military-athletes, partnered with the PSC to ensure that these goods and subsequent packages will be distributed to the intended recipients.

Also, a P50,000 financial aid for the rehabilitation of the weightlifting gym in Bohol has also been approved for release to start immediate repairs.

“My heart breaks for them.  Napandemic na binagyo pa,” said Ramirez. 

However, he also said that it is during these times where the heart of champions beat stronger. 

“They are trained to overcome, to survive and to win.  They might be sad for a while but the champions in them will prod them to rise up and help themselves and those around them so that together they can get through this,” added the sports chief who has always spoken about the other golden triumphs sports brings about in the lives of people like acquiring positive values and character.

Earlier, the PSC already extended financial aid to 51 athletes and 11 coaches from 13 sports who were all came from devastated provinces of Surigao, Bohol, Cebu, Siargao, Negros and Palawan.

Also, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) sent financial assistance of P10,00 each to 10 surfers and their two coaches in Siargao as well as Olympic marathoner Mary Joy Tabal in Cebu—all of whom were affected by Typhoon ‘Odette’.

POC President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said financial support of P10,000 each were forwarded to the athletes and coaches, many of whom have yet to be heard from because communication lines remained down as of Monday.

The Siargao-based national surfers, are John Matthew Carby (with wife and two kids), Manuel Melindo Jr (with wife and two kids), John Mark Tokong (wife and with one kid) and Nilbie Blancada (with one baby) as well as Jevy Mae Agudo, Philmar Alipayo, Edito Alcala Jr., Eduardo Alciso, Kaikai Alcala (grassroots) and Noah Arkfeld (grassroots) and their respective families.

The coaches are John Matthew Carby (with wife and two kids) and Manuel Melindo Jr (with wife and two kids).

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