Diaz receives one of the highest allowances -- PSC

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 04, 2019 08:59 PM
Diaz receives one of the highest allowances -- PSC
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez explained that weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz receives one of the highest allowances in the national pool and whose requirements are rarely turned down by the Board which has steadily backed her Olympic journey. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Mixed reactions poured over the social media posting of Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz after she sought financial support for her 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medal bid. 
 
“The government has been very supportive," declared Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez replying to questions about the government’s supposed lack of support to Diaz.
 
Ramirez explained that Diaz receives one of the highest allowances in the national pool and whose requirements are rarely turned down by the Board, which has steadily backed her Olympic journey.  
 
For this year alone, the PSC has given almost P4.5 million to fund her foreign trainings in Hainan and Guangxi in China. The agency is also paying her foreign coach Julius Kaiwen Gao’s monthly salary and food allowance. Her NSA’s request for funding for competitions was also approved. A new weightlifting gym has just been constructed in the RMSC after she called attention to the old gym they were using. 
 
“Hidilyn receives support from the PSC and the Philippine Air Force being an enlisted personnel,” clarified Ramirez highlighting the government’s support for Diaz.
 
The Chairman also intimated that as far as they know, Diaz receives support from private companies like the MVP Foundation and Alcantara and Sons.
 
It would be recalled that after her Olympic windfall, she also received P3 million in total from the government incentives act, RA 10699, for her silver and gold finishes in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the 2018 Asian Games respectively.

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