Go wants national athletes to get lost allowances back once money available again

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2020 09:23 PM

Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go appealed to the Philippine Sports Commission to see if it could enforce a retroactive restoration of athlete allowances once government money is available again.

“Bilang chair ng Senate Committee on Sports, nananawagan ako sa PSC na gawin ang lahat upang maibigay pa rin ang suporta na kailangan ng ating mga atleta," Go said in a statement.

"Pag-aralan din sana kung pwedeng magkaroon ng retroactive restoration ng kanilang buong allowances kapag nakabawi na sa remittances ang PAGCOR.” 

The PSC continues to give about 1,000 national athletes and coaches their allowances despite a “no training, no allowance” policy. 

But the stipends will be cut in half starting July as operations by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., which finances the National Sports Development Fund, have been severely affected by the pandemic.

“Naiintindihan ko naman ang sitwasyon nating lahat ngayon. Apektado talaga ang pagpasok ng pera sa PAGCOR, ngunit sana siguraduhin natin na kapag bumalik na sa normal ang lahat at tumataas na ulit ang remittances, ibalik natin sa mga atleta at coaches ang perang kulang na hindi naibigay o maibibigay sa kasalukuyan,” Go said.

Besides financial support, Go also urged the government to provide other forms of assistance to support national athletes and coaches, especially those preparing for international competitions.

“Kasama na rito sa suportang dapat maibigay ng gobyerno ay ang mental health care programs lalo na sa mga apektado ng quarantine measures, tulad ng mga stranded athletes and coaches na tinutulungan rin nating makauwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya,” he said.

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