Council stalls sport incentives reso

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

DESPITE its good headstart last year, the resolution granting increase of incentives to athletes and coaches has been shelved.

Already approved on its second reading September 2013, the proposed resolution has to sit for the meanwhile as the City Council has yet to calendar the item for its third reading.

“The proposed resolution is currently hanging, I don’t know why many are in contrary to it but I guess everything that is in there will be for the good of the people,” said proponent Councilor Faustino Olowan.


Olowan added the main reason why the proposed resolution is being stalled is that the city has yet to find source for the funding of the increase.

“Ang sinasabi nila wala daw pagkukunan ng budget, but according to our inquiries maraming pagkukuhanan diyan gaya ng stocks ng city sa Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) sa Loakan,” Olowan said.

“Ano lang naman ba 'yung ten percent of its annual income na ilalaan for the benefit of our city athletes and coaches, dapat talaga we should already change how our city works regarding such matters,” Olowan added.

The alderman penned the revision of the old age ordinance which was last updated way back in 1993.

In that resolution, international athletes get P10,000 for gold; P5,000 for silver; and P3,000 for bronze medals. The coaches, on the other hand, get P5,000, P3,000; and P2,000, respectively.

Olowan’s revised ordinance of approved will grant P20,000, P15,000 and P10,000, respectively, for gold, silver and bronze medals. The winning coaches get P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 each separately.

Despite the efforts to improve the sports management in the city, the councillor said he sees only small funding for it in the city’s 2014 budget.

Athletes who compete in local and national events will also get incentive which is practically lower.

“I was trying to review the budget for this year and it seems that there are no mentions of funding for sports developments,” Olowan quipped.

“Mahirap pa lalo at wala naman talaga tayong concrete na sports council or committee that oversees the needs of all our athletes and coaches in the different sports,” Olowan closed.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 17, 2014.


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