Asian Para Games medalists feted
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 18, 2018 04:21 PM
The PSC feted the Pinoys who won medals in the recent 2018 Asian Para Games.2018 Asian Para Games triple gold medalist Ernie Gawilan and 17 other medalists are set to be the first recipients of cash incentives by virtue of Republic Act 10699 or the “National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001” in November at the Malacañang Palace.
Philippine Sports Commission Commissioners Arnold Agustin, Celia Kiram and Charles Maxey announced this on Thursday during the small thanksgiving celebration and press briefing for the medalists. Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo, Chef de Mission Francisco Diaz and Deputy Chef de Mission Dennis Esta led the Para Games winning delegation in Thursday's gathering.
“Our medalists will be the first recipients of the R.A. 10699, in the Asian Para Games level. We express our sincerest gratitude to the government and the PSC for its intensive support for our para-athletes,” said Barredo.
Agustin, the oversight commissioner for para-athletes, congratulated the delegation and said “their success has inspired many Filipinos to do and reach their best.”
In Section 8 of the said law, which was sponsored by Senator Sonny Angara, gold medalists will receive one million pesos (P1,000,000.00), silver medalists will get five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) and bronze medalists will take home two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) in the Asian Para Games.
Also mandated in the said Republic Act is the special incentive for setting or breaking a record, as in the case of para-athlete swimmer and most bemedalled Filipino athlete Erwin Gawlian, after establishing a new Asian Para Games swimming record in the Men’s 400m freestyle finals twice (4:56 & 4:51).
“More than the amount of incentives, it is the deeper inclusion of our para-athletes in the Philippine sports landscape that we are all thankful for. They are now recognized as a true national athlete and are afforded proper training and exposure,” added former PSC Commissioner Barredo.
Team Philippines surpassed its 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games medal haul of five silver and five bronze medals, and won a historic 10 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals, finishing 11th out of 43 countries.