ASIAN Para Games gold medalist Ernie Gawilan and Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Christian Tio received their cash incentives on Tuesday at the Malacañang Palace.
A total of P36,150,000 were given to athletes under Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act to Gawilan, Tio and other medalists of the 2018 Asian Para Games as well as their coaches during the ceremony attended by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez.
Medialdea hailed the new sports heroes as they “showed their competitors and the rest of the world the true fighting spirit and drive for excellence that the international community have come to know and expect from Filipinos.”
“The instructions of the President is inclusivity in sports. This is one good proof that we have started the journey along that road,” said Ramirez.
Gawilan received P4 million for winning three gold and two silver medals in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, while Tio took home P2.5 million for his silver medal finish in the Youth Olympic Games.
According to the law, gold medalist in the Asian Para Games will receive P1 million, silver medalist P500,000, and bronze medalist P200,000.
Youth Olympic Games gold medalist get P5 million, silver medalist P2.5 million, and bronze medalist P200,000.
“Our medalists are the first recipients of the R.A. 10699 in the Asian level. We express our sincerest gratitude to the government and the PSC for its intensive support for our para athletes,” said Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo.