CEBUANA marathoner Mary Joy Tabal received a P300,000 cash incentive from the national government for her gold medal output in the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte personally handed out the cash bonus to all the SEA Games medalists during the awarding ceremony at the Malacañang Palace yesterday.
Under Republic Act 9064, also known as the Incentives Act, a gold medalist in the SEA Games will receive P300,000; silver medalist, P150,000; and bronze medalist, P60,000.
The-28-year-old Tabal won the women’s marathon event in the 2 hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds and clinched the country’s first gold medal in the 29th Sea Games held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last month.
Aside from the cash bonus from the national government, Cebu’s local government unit (LGU) also lauded Tabal’s achievement.
Last week, the Cebu City Government gave P500,000 to theBarangay Guba native to defray her training expenses in SEA Games and future races.
Mayor Tomas Osmeña also released P100,000 cash incentive for Tabal through the mayor’s discretionary fund.
For giving pride to Cebu in the biennial meet, Cebu Province also passed a resolution that will grant Tabal another P100,000 cash incentive.
Tabal of Motor Ace Kawasaki Racing Team, who is already started her training for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia, will get a total of P1M from the cash incentives from the LGU and national government.
“The incentives will help me in my training for Asian Games,” said the reigning four-time Milo Marathon champion.
The other SEA Games medalists from Cebu are Fil-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe (gold) in judo, Rheyjey Ortouste (silver) in sepak takraw, James delos Santos (bronze) in karatedo and Lois Kaye Go (bronze) in golf.
Team PHL finished sixth overall with 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals in the SEA Games. The national government shelled out a total of P15,990,000 in bonuses for the 121 medals won by Filipino athletes. (RSC)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 14, 2017.
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