Pres. Duterte awards Team PHI the Order of Lapu-Lapu

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 18, 2019 08:43 PM
Pres. Duterte awards Team PHI the Order of Lapu-Lapu
The men and women of Team Philippines that brought honor to the country in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

President Rodrigo Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu to the Philippine athletes who brought honor to the country in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday during the incentives awarding at the Rizal Hall of the Malacanang Palace.

Aside from the generous cash incentives from the Philippine Sports Commission and the President, Team Philipines also received the distinguished honor for winning the overall championship in the biennial meet for the second time since 2005.

Duterte welcomed almost 600 SEA Games medalists led by Team Philippines Chef de Mission and PSC Chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez.

Also in attendance were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino, Philippine SEAG Organizing Committee Chairman and Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Commissioners Celia Kiram, Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey along with the presidents and secretary generals of the different national sports associations.

By law, a gold medal fetches P300,000. Silver medal winners will receive P150,000 while bronze medal reward is P60,000. 

A total of P79 million were given away as incentives for athletes.

In his speech, Ramirez recognized the role of government in the success of the national team on its SEAG campaign saying “we are lucky to have a President who support us fully and has a big heart for our athletes.”

During Duterte’s term, the national athletes were given nutrition support, higher allowances, refurbished facilities, new equipment and more opportunities for training and exposures.

 “When we came in, the athletes received on P5000 meal allowance.  Now on top of that they also get P25,000 worth of nutrition support monthly,” said Ramirez, adding that these investments on the national team paid handsomely by the landslide win of Team Philippines in the SEAG and “hopefully an Olympic gold soon.”

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