Issue of November 15, 2020
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89 CAR boxers await gov’t cash assistance
by Ofelia C. Empian

HOPING FOR GOVERNMENT AID -- Boxers in the Cordillera are hopeful they will also be listed or qualified as beneficiaries of any government assistance or program for individuals who were greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, the boxers only received food packs compliments of a Thai philanthropist. -- Contributed photo

Eighty-nine professional boxers from the Cordillera, who are greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, have yet to receive cash aid from the government.

These boxers are expected to get aid under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Boxers from other areas have already received financial aid through the DSWD’s Social Amelioration Program in two batches, sources said.

The Games and Amusement Board said the cash aid to be released for boxers and other professional athletes nationwide was earlier pegged at P2.6 million.

Brico Santig of the Highland Boxing Stable based in La Trinidad, Benguet said they are looking forward to the possible assistance to aid his fighters, who have been out of work since the community qua-rantine in March.

“There is no update yet. That assistance is what the boxers are expecting since no fights were scheduled during the pandemic,” Santig said. 

He said the boxers and other fighters in the highlands such as those in the field of mixed martial arts and kickboxers and their trainers have yet to receive financial assistance from the government. 

He said local boxers are supposed to be included in the list as SAP beneficiaries coursed through the GAB.

Santig is thankful that 56 boxers in the Cordillera, who were not able to earn a living since March, received relief from boxing patron and Thai philanthropist Naris Singwancha last September coursed through the Philippine Boxing Promoters and Managers Association.

The boxing promoter said he is hoping for a second wave of relief from Thailand this month for the Cordillera boxers and fighters.

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