Disabled medal winners to get cash rewards

FILIPINO athletes with disabilities that captured medals in the recently concluded 2018 Asia Para Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia are set to receive substantial cash rewards as high as P1 million for bringing pride and honor to the country.

Along with his commendation, Senator Sonny Angara said that these disabled athletes also deserve cash remunerations that are guaranteed under the law.

Under Republic Act 10699, which Angara authored, Filipino athletes, including the differently-abled, and their coaches are entitled to cash incentives as a way of recognizing their achievements.

“We would like to congratulate and commend our athletes with disabilities as well as their coaches and trainers for their outstanding performance. The cash rewards they will receive are well deserved under the expanded athletes incentive law,” Angara said.

The Philippines ranked 11th in the medal standing of the Asian Para Games, hauling 10 gold, eight silver and 11 bronze medals at the end of the meet last Friday.

The expanded law provides winners in the Asian Para Games with the following cash awards: gold medal, P1 million; silver medal, P500,000; and bronze medal, P200,000.

Prior to the enactment of RA 10699, winning differently-abled athletes were granted only token incentives because they were not covered by the old National Athletes Incentives Law or RA 9064.

Gold medalists who are set to receive P1 million cash rewards are: Ernie Gawilan (swimming); Kim Ian Chi (bowling); Sander Severino, Redor Menandro, Arman Subaste, Israel Peligro, Jasper Rom and Roger Henry Lopez (chess); and Arthus Bucay (cycling).

Silver medalists with P500,000 reward are: Achelle Guion (powerlifting); Gawilan (swimming); Josephine Medina (table tennis); Chi and Samuel Matias (bowling); Menandro (chess); Lopez (chess); and Gary Bejino (swimming).

Those who got bronze medals with P200,000 prize each are: Bejino (swimming); Bucay (cycling); Godfrey Taberna (cycling); Subaste (chess); Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento and Cecilio Bilog (chess); and Subaste, Menandro and Peligro (chess).    Gawilan won three golds medals for three different events in swimming for a total of P3 million reward, while Severino snatched four golds in individual and team events in chess.