MANILA, Philippines – Over P29-M worth of incentives were handed out to winning athletes from the recently concluded Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the ASEAN Paragames.
The athletes, along with their coaches, received their prizes for their podium finishes from the government through the Philippine Sports Commission at the Multi-Purpose Arena at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City recently.
A total of P29,037,800.00 was released to the 114 medalists of both events, in accordance to the provisions of Republic Act 10699 or the Expanded Sports Incentives Act.
"The PSC is supportive of athletes and coaches who work hard to bring honor to the country," said PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez. "It is for the love of country that we do what we do."
"The life of an athlete is not a walk in the park, but moments like this make it worthwhile," said Ramirez as he reiterated the agency's commitment to continue supporting national athletes.
"The PSC recognizes this, and we will support you. It will be our journey together."
The Filipino athletes brought home two golds, 14 silvers, and 14 bronzes from the AIMAG, which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Meanwhile, Paragames athletes won 20 gold medals, 20 silvers, and 29 bronzes in the multi-event competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Also present at the ceremony was Philippine Olympic Committee President Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, who celebrated the "fighting spirit of the Filipino athlete as a necessary impetus for development."
Both chefs de mission, taekwondo star and Cong. Monsour del Rosario for AIMAG and swimmer Ral Rosario for ASEAN Paragames thanked the PSC for their support and contribution towards the victories of the national teams in both events.
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