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Duterte to give cash incentives to 121 SEAG medalists


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte wanted to meet some of the country’s next Olympic hopefuls when he asked for a very compact and lean representation of athletes and coaches only through his administration’s sports agency – the Philippine Sports Commission in the awarding of incentive Wednesday.

Only one athlete and one coach will represent their respective National Sports Association in the traditional activity where the PSC wll provide the cash incentives to the medalist of the 29th Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Ceremonial Hall of the Malacanan Palace.

No less than Duterte himself will hand out the cash incentives to 121 athletes who won 24 gold, 33 silver, and 64 bronze medals during the 29th SEA Games held in in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at around 5:15 in the evening.

Based on Republic Act 10699, gold medalist will receive P300,000, while silver winners will get P150,000. Bronze medalist will take home P75,000.

A total of P18,037,500 will be given to the medal-winning athletes, while a total of P7,181,250 will be awarded to their coaches who are also covered by the Republic Act 10699.

All the medalists will also be given presidential citations by the President for their performance in the SEA Games in which the country finished sixth in the international multi sports event.

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser for Sports Dennis Uy will be giving additional cash incentives to the medalist, with P50,000 going to the gold medalists, P30,000 for the silver medalists, and P10,000 for the bronze medalists.

The additional cash incentive is an initiative by Uy and the Siklab Atleta Foundation to support the Filipino athletes in their hard work and dedication to represent the country in international competitions.

By Angie Oredo