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Monday, December 13, 2010

Pacquiao seeks P250,000 cash for disabled athletes

PEOPLE’S champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao yesterday sought to grant lifetime retirement benefits and one-time cash incentives up to P250,000 to disabled athletes.
Pacquiao and Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Rep. Mark Sambar lamented that benefits for concerned athletes remain to be an elusive dream.

Ten years after a law was enacted to grant cash and non-monetary benefits to national athletes of up to P100,000 for a gold medal, they discovered that differently-abled athletes and their coaches and trainers had been left out.

Sambar and Pacquiao filed House Bill (HB) No. 939 to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 9064 providing incentives to national athletes to include the para-athletes or athletes with disabilities, coaches and trainers, including their retirement and health benefits.

Sambar and Pacquiao also wanted the cash incentives to be increased to up to P250,000.

Sambar said HB 939 was filed at the time when 35-member athlete team left the country on December 8 to compete in the ASEAN Paralympic-Games in Guanzou, China which is slated on December 12 to 20.

“Our team does not even have a decent parade uniform. Mukha kaming kawawa sa international competition. We feel we do not get enough support from government,” lamented Philspada trainer and coach Isidro Vidosola.

Under HB No. 939, from original P100,000, Sambar and Pacquiao increased the cash incentive for individual event gold medalists in the Southeast Asian Games to P200,000 and the silver medalists from P50,000 to P100,000.




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