Senator Sonny Angara is seeking an increase of up to P100,000 in cash incentives for Filipino athletes who got into the podium as their recognition for a stellar performance in the recently-concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Angara has filed Senate Bill No. 1225 which aims to increase the cash incentives of the medalists in the SEA Games and other Asian-level sporting events.
“What our national athletes achieved in the SEA Games is truly historic and should be heralded. It was not only how they performed in their respective sports, but the way they carried themselves during the games that captured the hearts of Filipinos and our ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbors alike,” Angara declared on Friday.
“With such a stellar performance, it is only fitting that our national athletes and their coaches receive higher incentives from the government as they go on to compete in other international competitions,” he added.
Moreover, the said bill seeks for the amendment of the Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, which was also sponsored by Angara and was enacted into law in 2015.
Senate Bill No. 1225
2015’s RA 10699 negated the original Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001 to also provide bigger benefits to national athletes, coaches, and trainers whenever they win in international competitions.
However, under Senate Bill No. 1225, gold medalists, who join Asian Beach Games and Asian-level competitions which are held at least every two years with at least 25 participating countries, will receive P600,000 from only P500,000; silver medalists will have P350,000 from the present P250,000; while bronze medalists will get P150,000 from P100,000.
Meanwhile, for the SEA Games winners, gold medalists will have P400,000 from then P300,000; silver medalist will get P200,000 from P150,000; and bronze medalists will bring home P100,000 from only P60,000.
For the ASEAN Para Games, gold, silver, and bronze medalists will get P200,000 from P150,000, P125,000 from P75,000, and P50,000 from P30,000 respectively.
“The added incentives will encourage Filipinos to engage in sports, especially those which have yet to attract mainstream popularity, and represent the country in the future,” Angara said.