Medalists receive cash incentives

JIUJITSU artists Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez will receive P2 million each in cash incentives from the government for winning gold medals in the Fifth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Turkmenistan last August.

Ochoa and Ramirez dominated the ne-waza 45-kilogram and 55 kg events of women’s jiu-jitsu, making them eligible for the bonuses specified in the revised Republic Act 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Sports Incentives Act.

The act awards a gold medalist in the AIMAG, a continental level tournament, P2 million, while silver and bronze medalists will get P1 million and P400,000, respectively.

Medal winners in the ninth Asean Para Games will also get their incentives through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in ceremonies set tomorrow at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.

Olympians Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) and Eric Cray (athletics) will also take the cue for their silver medals also from Turkmenistan.

The other silver medal winners in the AIMAG were billiards’ Chezka Centeno, bowling’s Kenneth Chua, jiujitsu’s Gian Taylor Dee and Marc Lim, muay’s Philip Delarmino, Rodolfo Reyes and Jocel Lyn Ninobla.

In the Asean Para Games, gold, silver and bronze medalists get P150,000, P75,000 and P30,000, respectively.

The Philippine collected 20 gold, 20 silver and 29 bronze in the Asean Para Games in Kuala Lumpur last month.

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Ramon Rafael Bonilla has been working in the BusinessMirror for almost two years. He started as a proofreader in mid-2015 and was transferred to the sports section as a reporter before the year ended. Ramon graduated with a degree of Bachelor in Journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Manila. He is currently taking Masters of Asean Studies in University of the Philippines.