The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will give cash incentives to several Filipino athletes who recently conquered the world stage.
Carlos Yulo, who clinched gold in the men's floor exercise category of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, will be receiving a total of P1 million, according to RA 10699 or the Expanded Incentives Act, for being the first Filipino to top the competition.
Boxers Eumir Marcial and Nesthy Petecio will also be rewarded for their recent accomplishments.
Petecio, who struck gold in the 2019 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Russia on Sunday, will be given P1 million. The Filipina boxer got a split decision victory over Russian Liudmila Vorontsova in the finals of the featherweight division. Marcial, who won silver in the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships last month, will be given P500,000.
Both trips were shouldered by the government and were channeled through the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Ernest John Obiena, a second-generation pole vaulter, got a P10,000 raise for his government allowance -- from P33,000 to P43,000 -- after qualifying to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last month.
PSC Chairman William Ramirez announced that the aforementioned quartet will have a courtesy call with Pres. Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang on Wednesday.
Ramirez also shared how proud he is in such a humble athlete achieving at the highest stage in the unlikeliest of circumstances.
"The whole of Leveriza St. [Manila] must be prepared on Wednesday for his arrival," said Ramirez. "Who would have thought a Filipino athlete will win an artistic gymnastics competition?"
Coaches of the achieving athletes will also be rewarded in accordance with the law.
Aside from the incentives, Ramirez mentioned that he is mulling a major overhaul with how the government agency conducts business with the private national sporting associations (NSAs) starting next year.
"I think after the [Southeast Asian] Games, it will be a performance-based financial support. It doesn't mean that the [Philippine Olympic Committee] recognizes you, the PSC recognizes you," Ramirez explained. "If the NSA cannot observe governance, we will not support."
With a mandate in finding potential diamonds in the rough, the chairman urged the NSAs to pitch potential world-class achievers so that the country can help and subsidize many aspects of the athlete's training.
Regarding the lingering issue of foreign involvement with Philippine sports, the head explained that he is in favor of Fil-foreigners, but drew a line regarding the hiring of foreign coaches among the ranks.
"I am against a foreign coach coaching in the Philippines. But in Olympic sports [i.e. gymnastics, fencing, athletics], where foreign expertise is needed, it is fine with me."
To help with the issue, the country is also planning to hire a full-time qualified Filipino coach to head a team, who will be given $2,000 and will be sent abroad for holistic development.