Just before the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, President Rodrigo Duterte granted additional P100,000 allowance to the 19 Filipino athletes and six paralympians participating at the Tokyo Olympics “as a token and to celebrate the achievement” of the athletes qualified for the Olympics and Paralympics.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said “our athletes deserve this additional show of support.” He thanked “President Duterte sa lagi niyong suporta sa ating mga atleta.”
The additional allowance was recommended by Senate Committee on Sports chairman Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and the PSC.
This is in addition to the $1,000 allowance given by the PSC for each of the Filipino Olympians.
PSC spent over P2 billion for the athletes’ international exposures, allowances, equipment, venues and supplies from 2016 leading to the Tokyo Games.
By virtue of RA 10699 or the “National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act”, an Olympic medalist will receive from the national government P10 million, P5 million and P2 million for every gold, silver or bronze medal, respectively. Paralympic medalists shall get P5 million, P2.5 million and P1 million for gold, silver or bronze, respectively.
The Tokyo Olympics formally opened July 23 and will culminate on August 8.
The Paralympic Games will also be held in Tokyo from August 24 to September 5.
Carrying the Philippine colors in the most prestigious tournament for the differently-abled are Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino of para-swimming, Jerrold Magliwan and Janette Aceveda of para-athletics, Allain Ganapin of para-taekwondo and Achelle Guion of para-powerlifting.