MEDALISTS in the 2018 Asian Para Games are set to receive their cash incentives next month at Malacañang Palace, the Philippine Sports Commission announced on Thursday during a thanksgiving celebration.
Ernie Gawilan will be taking home the highest amount among the medalist after getting three golds and two silvers in the para swimming competitions of the quadrennial showpiece. He will also be one of the first recipients of the new cash incentives system under Republic Act 10699 where gold medalist will receive P1 million, silver P500,000, and bronze P200,000.
Under the new incentive scheme, Gawilan will receive P4 million.
“Our medalists will be the first recipients of the R.A. 10699, in the Asian Para Games level. We express our sincerest gratitude to the government and the PSC for its intensive support for our para-athletes,” said Philippine Paralympic Committee and Philippine Sports for Differently-Abled (Philspada) president Mike Barredo.
Also winning gold medals in the Asian Para Games was Sander Severino, who will receive P2,666,667 after winning two individual and two team gold events in chess.
Arthus Bucay of cycling and Kim Ian Chi of bowling will each receive P1 million, and the men’s chess standard team of Redor Menandro, Arman Subaste, and Israel Peligro will get P333,333 each.
“More than the amount of incentives, it is the deeper inclusion of our para-athletes in the Philippine sports landscape that we are all thankful for. They are now recognized as a true national athlete and are afforded proper training and exposure,” said Barredo.