Athletes, coaches get full allowances with Bayanihan 2 law

AFTER President Duterte signed the Bayanihan 2 law last Friday, national athletes and coaches will once again receive their full allowances, which were slashed by 50 percent since June to help fund the national government’s Covid response.

Thanks to the Bayanihan 2 law, the sports sector will receive P180 million.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, who is also the Eighth District representative of Cavite, ensured during his meetings with fellow lawmakers that a provision for sports allowances was included in the signed Bayanihan 2 legislation.

“We are very thankful to the President,” he expressed to The Manila Times in a phone interview after a POC board meeting on Saturday.

Tolentino is acutely aware of how the law is a much-needed blessing for athletes, who have been struggling financially, especially during the community quarantines.

“That’s why they have to distribute the budget to the athletes properly. We will check it and make sure of it,” he said.

The POC president pointed out that in spite of the months of struggle, deserving athletes and coaches continued to do exercises and conditioning training whenever and wherever allowed even after claiming the overall crown in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

In order to continue the country’s winning streak well into next year’s Olympics, the POC will proceed with its November 27 election, based on its present constitution and bylaws, relayed Tolentino.

An election committee will be formed, and the filing of the certificate of candidacy will be held from October 1 to 30, he said.

Date: September 13, 2020 | By: Josef Ramos | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source: