PSC hands out P10.7M

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Thursday, December 30, 2010


MANILA—Ten more former coaches, led by Sen. Tito Sotto, will receive their cash incentives amounting to P10.7 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for their exploits in the Asian Games and Olympics.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said the coaches who guided the athletes to a gold in the Asian Games will receive P250,000. Coaches of silver medalists will get P125,000 and those who coached the bronze medalists will get P25,000.

Sen. Sotto stands to get the most with P1.5 million for coaching Bong Coo to the gold in the singles and masters event in bowling during the 1978 Asian Games in Bangkok.

Sotto, also a former RP team mainstay, also handled the women’s team that won the gold in the Asiad. He also guided Lolit Reformado to the gold in the World FIQ championship in 1979 and Coo in the 1985 World Cup.

Ernesto Lopa, the former coach of Arianne Cerdeña, will receive P625,000. Cerdaña won the gold medal in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, when bowling was a demonstration sport.

Former coach Manolo Gabriel will also get P375,000 for Stephen Fernandez’s bronze medal in taekwondo’s bantamweight class of the 1992 Barcelona Olympiad and Robert Vargas’s silver finish in the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Victor Manuel Veneracion will get P150,000 as coach of Donald David Geisler, who won the silver in taekwondo’s featherweight division in the 1998 Asiad in Bangkok and Rodolfo Abratique’s bronze performance in taekwondo’s flyweight category.

The late Francisco “Tatang” de Vega, father and coach of former Asian Games sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado, will also receive P467,000 for two gold medals and a silver in the 1982 and 1986 Asian Games.

Garcia said the past achievers’ incentives is in line with Republic Act 9064, better known as the Athletes and Coaches Incentives Law. RA 9064 grants coaches 50 percent of the total amount due to the athletes.

He said the money, which will be provided by the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), will be available next month.

In athletics, George Noel Posadas, husband and coach of Elma Muros, will get P50,000 for the latter’s bronze medals in the 4x4-meter relay and 400-m hurdles in the 1990 and 1994 Asiads.

Garcia urged other coaches who have legitimate claims to provide certification from the athletes and endorsements from their national sports association so they can claim their incentives.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2010.

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