Lawmakers may look into failure to give discounts to athletes

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2019 11:37 PM

MANILA—Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PSGOC) chairperson Alan Peter Cayetano and other lawmakers are open to having a congressional investigation on the alleged failure of some business establishments to grant discounts to national athletes.

This after Wushu star and SEA Games gold medalist Agatha Wong complained over social media that she was denied this discount granted by Republic Act 10699 to all national athletes by a business establishment, citing lack of knowledge about the law.

“So, having said that nalungkot din ako nung mabasa ko 'yon [tweet], but I think this January Congress (will) get started with the hearing but even before that mananawagan na kami sa Local Governments na sa January ay bigayan kasi 'yan, applyan at bigayan ng two gifts,” he said. 

Cayetano said that the House can have an inquiry on the matter but he also reminded local government units to make sure that discounts for persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and athletes are all granted in accordance with the law.

He also recommended that the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Sports Commission,Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry can help in the implementation of the said law. 

Deputy Speaker for Finance Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuterte said Congress can use its oversight powers and reviews laws and work with local authorities for the availment of discounts by the athletes.

Bulacan Rep. Jonathan Sy Alvarado also wondered why some establishments do not even have knowledge of the discount.

The House is also considering health insurance for the injuries of athletes even as he encouraged athletes to speak up. 

Cayetano also wants House Committee on Youth and Sports Chair Eric Martinez to look into the benefits of coaches and trainers.
 
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