TWG formed to fine-tune bill granting extra perks for Filipino athletes

MANILA– A technical working group has been formed to further study a measure which seeks to grant perks and privileges to professional Filipino athletes who bag international awards that bring pride to the country.

In a statement on Tuesday, the House committee on games and amusement chaired by ParaAaque City Rep. Gus Tambunting approved the creation of a TWG to work on House Bill 299 or the proposed Professional Filipino Athletes Health Care, Retirement and Death Benefits Act.

HB 299, authored by Sultan Kudarat Rep. Horacio Suansing and Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing, seeks to provide health care, retirement and death benefits to professional Filipino athletes who win world championships titles in international professional sports competitions.

Under the bill, professional Filipino athletes, upon winning in any international professional sports competitions, shall be covered by the National Health Insurance Program or the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), through a special program sponsored by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).

Any amount in the excess of the PhilHealth benefit shall be shouldered by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) under its Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) in case of hospitalization of the professional athletes.

Meanwhile, professional athletes who win in an individual event in an international sports competition shall receive a lifetime monthly pension of at least PHP15,000.

As for team sports events, winners shall be granted a lifetime monthly pension of at least PHP10,000 for each member team.

Upon the death of the professional Filipino athlete, the primary beneficiaries shall be entitled to a lump sum death benefit of PHP30,000 to cover funeral services or expenses.

Source: Philippines News Agency