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P12M bonus for successful Para athletes

THE country’s medalists in the recent 11th Asean Para Games at Surakarta, Indonesia, will receive a total of P11,998,125 in cash incentives from the government, according to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Officer-in-Charge Attorney Guillermo Iroy.

Iroy told BusinessMirror that the PSC already wrote the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) on the bonuses that will be given to the 28 gold winners, 31 silver medalists and 46 bronze medalists in the para games.

“We already wrote to Pagcor about the incentives for our para athletes who brought honor to the country,” Iroy said. “They deserve to be rewarded for their successful stint.”

The cash bonuses are mandated under the Athletes and Coaches Incentives Act. For the Asean Para Games, a gold medal is worth P150,000 silver P75,000 and bronze P30,000.

FIDE Master Sander Severino won four gold and two silver medals in chess, while Ariel Joseph Alegarbes and Angel Otom bagged three golds each and Ernie Gawilan two golds and one silver in swimming.

Severino is expected to bank P500,000, Alegarbes and Otom will get P450,000 each and Gawilan will bring home P375,000.

“This is another milestone for Team Philippines. We have surpassed our past Asean Para Games participation with the big medal haul for this edition,” Iroy said. “The PSC is very grateful for their inspiring performance. We are proud of them.”

Swimming accounted for 12 gold, five silver and five bronze medals, chess contributed 10 golds, 11 silvers and five bronzes, and the athletics team bagged six golds, five silvers and 14 bronzes.

The tally put the Philippines at fifth overall, the same finish in the 2017 edition in Kuala Lumpur where a team pulled a 20-20-29 gold-silver-bronze haul.

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