The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has spent a total of P1 billion on preparing national athletes scheduled to compete at the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) from November 30 to December 11.
Ramirez updated the expenses for athletes
Team Philippines Chef de Mission Butch Ramirez updated the current state of expenses for the athletes when he attended Tuesday morning’s weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum held at the Braska Restaurant of the Amelie Hotel in Malate, Manila.
“Malakas ang loob ko na magiging maganda ang kampanya natin,” Ramirez optimistically said.
It’s a history where Philippines took home a total of 112 gold, 85 silver and 93 bronze for a total of 290 medals which claimed its first national championship in 2005 two year tournament.
Ramirez said that the previous 1,462 total numbers of participating athletes reduced to 1,115 for the Philippine delegation. It comprises 651 men and 464 women and has a total of 346 coaches and officials.
A surprising cost
“I really feel that Team Philippines will deliver a surprise,” Ramirez said as they spent P1-billion on foreign exposure and training of athletes.
Ramirez said earlier that he had set a budget of P300 million for athletes before increasing it to another P300 million for a total of P600 million.
“We went beyond to support our athletes, ” Ramirez added. “Ipina-audit namin ang nagagastos na sa mga atleta at nagulat kami na umabot na pala sa P1 bilyon ang naibibigay para sa kanila.”
PSC will ensure incentives for athletes and coaches
PSC chairman William Ramirez said that the agency has been working on to the privileges allowed by Republic Act 10699 to be given for the national athletes and coaches in which they are entitled to a 20 percent discount in commercial establishments, scholarships for winning athletes, retirement and death benefits.
“We have already coordinated with concerned agencies like the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR),” Ramirez said.
The PSC is still waiting for instructions from other agencies with regard to the next steps which will be undertaken towards full implementation.
“However, unlike the entitlements for persons with disabilities and senior citizens, there are certain challenges we need to overcome. Membership in the national team is very dynamic. The line-up keeps on changing. Each sport has its own guidelines in giving an athlete a slot in their national team,” Ramirez added.