House members raising P10M for incentives of SEA Games champs
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives will raise at least P10 million from members’ salaries for additional perks of Filipino gold medalists in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games which is being hosted by the Philippines.
The office of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said that through House Resolution No. 568, lawmakers will share a portion of their salaries for January 2020 as a way to hail Filipino athletes and grant them additional incentives.
A total of 1,094 Filipino athletes, backed by 753 coaches, are competing in the biennial Games.
“As a concrete manifestation of the commonality of the goal to bring honor and pride to the country, the leaders and members of the House of Representatives deem it proper to deduct individual pledges from their salaries for January 2020 as additional incentives to Filipino gold medal winners in the 30th SEA Games,” the resolution stated.
Under the resolution, House members agreed that it is “fitting” to grant the athletes additional incentives as they bring great honor and pride to the Filipino people by winning gold medals in their respective sports.
The additional incentives from the House will be on top of what the winning athletes are entitled to under the law, and the cash prizes given to them by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
“The leaders and members of the House of Representatives in the 18th Congress stood in solidarity with Team Philippines throughout the competition in their quest to capture the gold medals in their respective sports, and bring honor and pride to the Filipino people,” the resolution said.
The pledge of at least P10 million in additional benefits for Filipino SEA Games gold medalists was upon the initiative of Cayetano, who chairs the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, Deputy Speakers Paolo Duterte and Prospero Pichay, House Committee on Accounts chairman Rep. Abraham Tolentino, who is also president of the POC and House Committee on Youth and Sports Development chairman, Rep. Eric Martinez.
The 30th SEA Games officially opened last Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan and will end on Dec. 11 at the New Clark City in Tarlac. I
Athletes from 11 nations will compete in 530 events and 56 sports disciplines.
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