THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hope to get their prioritization program going the soonest possible time.
POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco and PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia met with different national sports associations Wednesday at the Manila Yacht Club asking each of them to coordinate with the athletes being planned to be tapped as part of the program.
All medalists in the last Southeast Asian Games are qualified for the program. Those who will be signed up will have a raise in their monthly allowance provided that they train full-time.
SEA Games gold medalists will receive P40,000, silver P25,000 and bronze P15,000, according to Cojuangco.
Qualified athletes will also have to undergo thorough check-up to see if they can still perform at a high level in the next international competitions.
“Gagawin na natin ‘yung priority athletes as soon as possible,” said Cojuangco in Thursday’s POC radio program on DZSR Sports Radio 918.
Cojuangco said the prioritization project suffered delays due to miscommunications among the POC, PSC, and the NSAs.