PSC chairman Eala seeks pension for national athletes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 23) — Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Noli Eala said Friday he is pushing for a pension plan as an incentive for national athletes.

“Ang akin pong personal na iminumungkahi sa aming PSC Board ay magtayo ng athletes’ pension plan in the near future,” said Eala in a public briefing.

[Translation: I’m personally pushing the PSC Board to establish an athletes’ pension plan in the near future.]

“Meron na po kaming mga usapan sa iba naming partners para ipatupad at simulan na po ang proseso sa paglalatag po ng bill para magawa itong incentive na pension plan para sa ating mga atleta,” he added.

[Translation: We have discussed with our partners to begin the process of crafting the bill for the incentive of pension plan for our athletes.]

The law on benefits and incentives for national athletes and coaches gives athletes who won international medals 25% of their total cash incentives from the beginning of their career.

House Speaker Martin Romualdez earlier also pushed for a pension system for national athletes after the death of athletics legend Lydia De Vega due to breast cancer. He said there is a need to support athletes even in their retirement.

Meanwhile, Eala said the PSC is reviewing the criteria for the monthly allowance of national athletes.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ang allowances na ibinibigay sa lahat ng ating mga national athletes. Nirerepaso natin ang mga criteria para lalo pang palakasin, palawakin, pataasin ang ating maaring maibigay sa ating mga athletes sa kanilang regular allowances,” he said.

[Translation: We are continuously issuing allowances to our national athletes. We are reviewing the criteria so we can expand and increase the regular allowances we are giving to the athletes.]

Athletes are receiving a monthly allowance from ₱10,200 to ₱45,000.