NATIONAL athletes in team sports are set to receive 50 percent of their June and July allowances and will continue to receive their full allowances up to December, according to the Philippine Sports Comission.
Along with the rest of Team Philippines, they will also receive the “special amelioration package” given by the government.
Benefitting from these are 199 athletes and 39 coaches belonging to teams of eight sports, namely, aquatics-water polo, baseball, dragonboat, handball, ice hockey, softball, underwater hockey, and volleyball.
PSC chief Butch Ramirez thanked Congress, Senate and President Duterte for including the national team in the coverage of Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan Act 2.
“A community coming together really makes a whole lot of difference,” said Ramirez as he cited the help of Philippine Olympic Committee president Rep. Abraham Tolentino in getting the funds to revert back the 50 percent cut on the national team’s allowances.
Allowances of team sports are limited to a few months before and after a major international competition such as the Asian Games or the Southeast Asian Games, because of the considerable budget it entails.
Fresh from the rousing success of Team Philippines’ overall championship finish in the 30th SEA Games, the PSC Board approved the extension of allowances until July this year.
The PSC has confirmed receipt of the P180 million funding under the Bayanihan Act 2 and the funds are expected to be released by the first week of December.