President Rodrigo Duterte doubled the initial cash reward that he promised to give to the athletes and teams that won gold medals during the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.
Previously, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairperson William ‘Butch’ Ramirez revealed that the Office of the President will give Php 1 million to gold medalists, Php 500,000 to silver medalists, and Php 200,000 to bronze medalists.
However, after the 2018 Asian Games medalists visited Malacanang on Wednesday, September 12, the PSC revealed that the President added Php 2 million to the cash rewards that will be received by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, golfer Yuka Saso, and the Philippine women’s golf team who all won gold medals during the sports meet.
During the visit, Duterte also confirmed that he ordered the PSC to increase the cash incentives that will be received by the 2018 Asian Games medalists.
“I have already directed the PSC to provide additional incentives, to be sourced from its funds, to the winning individuals of the 18th Asian Games,” Duterte said during his speech.
“It is my hope that this will not only further motivate our athletes to work harder, but also find resourcefulness, ways to maximize their potentials and inspire the rest of the youth to be part of an active and healthy citizenry,” Duterte added.
Aside from the cash rewards from the President, gold medalists will also receive Php 2 million through Republic Act 10699, also known as the ‘National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act’, Php 2 million from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Php 1 million from Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation, and Php 1 million from Philippine Ambassador to Indonesia Lee Hoong We.
Silver medalists will also receive Php 1 million thru R.A. 10699, Php 500,000 from the POC, and Php 500,000 from Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation.
While, bronze medalists will receive Php 400,000 thru R.A. 10699, Php 300,000 from the POC, and Php 250,000 from Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation.
During the 2018 Asian Games that ran from rom August 18 to September 2, the Philippine delegation won a total of 21 medals: four gold medals, two silver medals, and 15 bronze medals.