SLASHED in half since July because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the monthly allowances of national athletes and coaches are expected to revert back to 100 percent starting next week, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.
Tolentino said the Bayanihan Act 2 provides P180 million for the national team members allowances.
Their allowances were cut in half when the government channeled funds to the country’s fight against the deadly pandemic.
“This is good news for our athletes who have become anxious and even lost their focus during the pandemic. With their allowances back to normal, they can now concentrate on their training,” said Tolentino, who profusely helped push for the Bayanihan Act 2 in Congress.
“And that’s retroactive from July,” said Tolentino, adding the athletes and coaches will receive the 50 percent that was slashed from their allowances when the Philippine Sports Commission’s budget for the year was channeled to the pandemic efforts.
Tolentino added that all of the athletes and coaches will receive a one-time P5,000 pandemic assistance.
“The funds are now with the PSC and we expect the allowances to be back to normal on the next pay day for the athletes and coaches,” he said.
The national team members under the PSC’s care include 996 athletes, 262 coaches, 280 para athletes and 82 para coaches. The total monthly payroll is P41 million.
“It pains me and the POC, and even the PSC, to see the athletes and coaches suffer. After their historic and impressive performance in the 30th SEA Games where we emerged as overall champions, the athletes and coaches deserve nothing less,” Tolentio said.