TABLE tennis player Josephine Medina is set to be given incentives following her bronze medal feat in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
Medina will receive P1 million from the government after her fine perfromance in table tennis women's singles Class 8 in the Paralympics as part of the new incentives act or Republic Act 10699.
Thanks to the revised law, Paralympics medalists now are part of the incentives program.
“This is truly one of the noblest intentions of the law — to include our winning athletes with disabilities in the grant of cash awards from the government,” said Sen. Sonny Angara, who authored and sponsored Republic Act 10699, in a press statement.
“The term ‘national athletes’ should encompass all athletes including those who are differently-abled as they undoubtedly deserve bigger incentives and benefits,” said Angara, who also filed a resolution commending the accomplishment of Medina.
Medina’s medal ended a 16-year medal drought for the Philippines in the Paralympic Games. Powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta got a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Games.
Last month weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz bagged silver in the Rio Olympics.
“This is the first time our Filipino athletes won in both the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, which is the counterpart of the Olympic Games for athletes with disabilities. Sumakto po ang ating pagpasa ng bagong athletes incentives law dahil talagang napakinabangan ito ng ating mahuhusay at world-class Filipino athletes tulad nina Hidilyn at Josephine,” Angara said.