BY April, the Philippines will be at par with Malaysia in terms of allowances that it allocates to national athletes.
The Philippine Sports Commission will implement a new scheme that will see elite athletes under the “platinum” program get a monthly stipend of as much as P43,000.
For now, the full implementation has been put on hold until board members of the PSC resolves the amount it plans to give to non-medallists and former medallists.
“We will wait and see in April,” said deputy executive director Rachel Dumuk.
Currently, former medallists and non-medallists get P12,800 and P10,000 from the PSC.
And if this is reduced, they will only get around P6,000.
“In our research, what the world champions and the Olympic gold medallists will get is even higher than what Malaysia gives to their athletes,” added Dumuk.
World champion billiards’ player Carlo Biado and bowler Krizzia Tabora were selected among the eight athletes, who will receive bigger allowances under the “platinum” classification from the PSC starting this year.
Their allowance will be P43,000, which is P3,000 higher than what Malaysian elite athletes are now getting.
In implementing the new scheme, the agency has reduced the number of athletes it is supporting from 939 last December to 730.
With the implementation of the new program, Class A athletes are those who have won silver and bronze in world competitions. They will receive P40,000 monthly.
Class B is for athletes who got Asian silver and bronze will an allowance of P30,000.
Class C is for athletes who have won silver and bronze in the Southeast Asian Games and other SEA meets. They will have an allocation of P27,000.