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Baka maging drawing! Wes Gatchalian urges PSC: Give incentives due to Hidilyn Diaz ASAP

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By Billy Begas

Deputy Speaker and Valenzuela Rep. Wes Gatchalian on Thursday said that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) should ensure that Hidilyn Diaz and other Filipino podium finishers in the Tokyo Olympics will get their incentives in a timely manner.

“The accolade for the record-breaking medal of Diaz, the first gold for the Philippines in a century, is because of her hard work and dedication. Our athletes have made our country proud and incentives provided to them by law is a token of our gratitude for the honor they bring us, and the PSC should ensure that the incentives for our winning athletes are given in a timely manner,” Gatchalian said.

Under the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act (Republic Act 10699) all Filipino podium finishers will receive their cash incentives—P10 million for gold, P5 million for silver and P2 million for bronze.

Gatchalian was a co-author of the RA 10699 that was passed during the 16th Congress. He was then the chairperson of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development that heard and approved the measure.

For winners in team events, teams with less than five members are entitled to the cash price equivalent to individual medal winners, which would be divided equally among the team members. Members of teams composed of more than five will receive 25% of the cash incentives for individual medal winners.

“Our winning athletes deserve every single peso that is due them. Some of them have even spent their own money just to be able to train for this competition,” Gatchalian added. “These athletes can use the cash incentives they will receive to train for future competitions and to further hone their craft.”

Gatchalian said coaches of winning athletes in the Olympic Games shall also be entitled to cash incentives if they have personally trained the athletes or teams who won at least six months prior to the international competition.

The coaches of the winning athletes and teams are entitled to receive 50% of the cash incentives for gold, silver, and bronze medalists. If there is more than one coach, the cash incentives shall be divided among themselves.

“Let us all support not only our athletes but their coaches as well, who pushed and persevered and won in this games with their protégé.”