THE Philippine Sports Commission released P29 million as incentives for the medalists of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the Asean Para Games and their coaches in a simple ceremony at the PhilSports Arena on Friday.
Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez of jiu-jitsu led the list of medalists who claimed their incentives, by virtue of Republic Act 10699 or the Amended Sports Benefits and Incentives Act.
Ochoa and Ramirez, who were the two gold medals winners of the Philippines in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, received P2 million each after ruling their respective events in jiu-jitsu.
Cendy Asusano and Ma. Cielo Honasan of athletics, meanwhile, each took home P450,000 after winning three gold medals apiece in the Asean Para Games. According to the law, a gold medal winner in the Asean Para Games receives P150,000.
“The PSC is supportive of athletes and coaches who work hard to bring honor to the country,” said PSC chairman William Ramirez. “The life of an athlete is not a walk in the park, but moments like this make it all worthwhile.
Aside from Ochoa and Ramirez, the Philippines also copped 14 silvers and 14 bronzes, while the country also bagged 26 golds, 28 silvers, and 59 bronzes in finishing fifth in the Asean Para Games.