Baguio vice mayor wants incentive amendment passed

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


BAGUIO City Vice Mayor Edison Bilog is determined to pass the amendment of a proposed resolution granting higher incentives to athletes and coaches.

“I am in support of the resolution for giving higher incentives to our local athletes and coaches,” said Bilog during an interview with Sun.Star.

According to Bilog, he plans to gather support from fellow legislators to pass the resolution, which will be a good help for excelling athletes in both local and national competitions.

“We should really review this once again in the City Council since we all know na para naman ito sa benefit ng mga champion residents natin in line with sports,” Bilog said.

In September 2013, a resolution was by Councilor Faustino Olowan amending the City Ordinance No. 092 series of 1993 to increase cash incentives given to athletes who won in national and international competition.

The proposed amendment was passed on second reading but until now, the amendment has yet to be included in the agenda of the City Council for its third reading.

Olowan earlier said the reason for stalling the proposal was the lack of source of funds.

According to Olowan, the proposed amendment also suggests setting aside at least 10 percent from the city’s annual income generated from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) in Loakan.

Bilog added aside from raising individual cash incentives given to athletes, he would also like to make reasonable adjustments for the cash grants given to athletes winning in team events.

“One of the deficiency sa present law is that group or teams who bring home medals get the same amount with those who won in individual competitions, which kung titignan natin is unfair,” Bilog added.
“Dapat sana mas malaki ang magiging cash grants ng mga team sports, alangan naman na yung ibibigay ng city sa iisang tao ay paghahatian ng iba na mas marami pa sa lima and so on,” Bilog added.

In the more than 20 year old ordinance, athletes who won in international events are given P10,000 for gold; P5,000 for silver; and P3,000 for bronze medals while oaches, on the other hand, get P5,000, P3,000; and P2,000, respectively.

The proposed revisions will grant P20,000, P15,000 and P10,000, respectively, for gold, silver and bronze medals while the winning coaches get P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 each separately.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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