With a number of swimmers delivering podium finishes at the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games this year, an increased number of swimmers will be entitled for a monthly allowance from the Philippine Sports Commission starting January 2020 until the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam in 2021.
A gold medal winner at the Southeast Asian Games, which is classified as “B Athletes” will be receiving a monthly allowance of P27,000; while a silver and bronze medal winner, who are classified as “C Athletes” will be receiving P24,000 every month.
Team sports medalists (swim relays) will be receiving P17,000, while training pool members including team sports will have P10,000.
PSC chairman William Ramirez said under the revised scheme, Olympic and world champions will be under Platinum classification and will be receiving P45,000.
Olympic qualifiers, Youth Olympic Games and Paralympic Games medalists will get P43,000 under the Priority A classification; Asian Games, Asian Paragames, Asian Winter Games, and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games gold medalists will take P36,000 under Priority B; and Asian Games, Asian Paragames, and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games silver and bronze medalists, and Asian Beach Games gold medalists will get P33,000 under Priority C.
Asian Beach Games silver and bronze medalists and World and Asian level qualifiers will be under Class A and will receive P30,000, while Southeast Asian Games, Asean Paragames, Olympic qualifiers via universality, and chess Grandmaster will be under Class B and will get P27,000.
SEA Games and Asean Paragames silver and bronze medalists will be under Class C and will be receiving P24,000 every month.
Ramirez, however, said athletes will under constant evaluation as the allowances will be based on performance until the last month before 2021 SEA Games.