The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has submitted an additional budget request of 450 million pesos under the General Appropriation Act (GAA) to help Philippine national athletes prepare for five major international competitions in 2022.
In a statement, POC Chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said he had submitted the letter of request to Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III through the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, Speaker of the House Lord Allan Velasco, and Chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) William “Butch” Ramirez.
The 450 million pesos are divided into 5 million pesos for the Winter Olympics (Beijing, February 4 to 20), 150 million pesos for the Sixth Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games or AIMAG (Bangkok and Chonburi , Thailand, March 10-20) and P10 million for The World Games or TWG (Birmingham, Alabama, USA, July 7-22).
270 million pesos are allocated for the 19th Asian Games (Hangzhou, China, September 10-25) while the remaining 15 million pesos are for the Fifth Asian Youth Games or AYG (Shantou, China, December 20-28 ).
“The participation in these top sporting events is really important because they only take place every four years,” Tolentino said in the request letter dated Monday.
“Not only will joining these sporting events showcase the Philippine brand of athletic talent, but more importantly, it will uplift the morale of our athletes and inspire other young Filipinos to engage in sport training and development. “
Tolentino, also the head of cycling, said the budget was based on the number of participating athletes, their events and the costs of their training.
The POC expects the Asian Games to have the highest number of participants, ranging from 250 to 275 athletes, followed by AIMAG with 160 athletes, AYG with 15 to 20 and the Winter Olympics. with three to four athletes.
The World Games, for their part, are organized by invitation from international federations which are not on the summer or winter Olympic Games calendar.
Tolentino also revealed that any additional expenses for the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in Vietnam were also shown in the request, but not in the actual budget matrix. The estimated funding for the postponed biennial meeting is set at 200 million pesos. – LA, GMA News