Issue of October 4, 2015

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Revision of Benguet Incentive Code might cut cash awards for athletes
by Ofelia C. Empian

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Even with the province topping local and national sports events, the sangguniang panlalawigan here is considering cutting cash incentives given to athletes once amendments on the provincial sports incentive award are approved.

The SP is currently amending the 1996 Sports Incentive Ordinance, which extends financial rewards to athletes representing the province in provincial, regional, national, and international competitions.

The provincial category was deleted in the proposed amendment.

Athletes and their coaches in amateur events who bring medals and were duly endorsed to represent the province in any regional or international competitions bringing home gold, silver, bronze or championship trophy including first and second runners up, shall be extended financial rewards.

Coaches handling multi events, athletes, or teams which have won in two or more events shall receive one cash incentive,  whichever is higher in the proposed amendment. Events with two or more coaches listed will receive their cash incentive but will be divided equally among them as stated in the amendment unanimously agreed by the members of the board.

The proposed amendment also states that all amateur competitions or events accredited, organized, or sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, National Sports Authority, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government Unit or local government units will be covered.

The expansion in the coverage of the sports incentive resulted in the adjustment of cash awards.

The proposed ordinance provides that individual sport athletes and their coaches participating in regional games with bronze medal will have P1,000 from the original P2,000; silver medalist will have P1,200 instead of P 2,500; while gold medalist will have P1,500 instead of P3,000.

For national games, individual athletes and their coaches will be entitled to P1,500 instead of P3,000 for bronze medalist; P2,000 instead of P4,000 for silver medalist; and P4,000 for gold medalist instead of P6,000.

For individual athletes and coaches participating in international games, the incentive for bronze medalist will be P3,000 instead of P6,000; silver medalist will have P5,000 instead of P10,000; while gold medalist will have P8,000 instead of P15,000.

In the regional team competitions, each team player shall receive P1,250 for bronze medalist which was originally pegged at P8,000; silver medalist will have P1,500 instead of P10,000; and, P2,000 instead of P12,000 for gold medalist.

Cash incentive for the national team competitions that  will produce bronze medals will be reduced to P2,000 from P10,000. Silver medalists will receive P2,500 from P12,000, while a gold medalist will be given  P5,000, from the original P15,000.

Teams joining international games will not also be given money to pay their airfares as incentive. A bronze medal  winner will be entitled to P4,000 instead of P15,000; silver medal incentive was decreased to P5,000 from P20,000; while gold medal incentive was decreased to P8,000 instead of P25,000.

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