After the country’s impressive four-medal haul in the recently concluded Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the House of Representatives is assuring that bigger funding will be allotted for sports in next year’s budget. 

Albay Representative Joey Salceda, who also serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said investing in Filipino athletes will make a huge difference, especially in their performance. 

“Of course, the tax law is good, but we need to invest in our athletes before they win. That’s the way to get more podium finishes. They need help during training, not after they win,” he explained.

“So, of course it makes a difference, and it really makes the case for strong investment in our athletes,” Salceda added.

According to Salceda, the Duterte administration played a key role in carrying Team Philippines to multiple podium finishes in the Olympics. 

He mentioned that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) received a total of P944-million this year as its budget, which is four times bigger than in past Olympic years.

“The administration really upped the game on this front,” Salceda said. 

“Under past presidents, we budgeted only around P230 to P260 million to the POC during Olympics. Certainly, this was the case during the past two administrations. In fact, even GMA gave higher budgets to the POC than under P-Noy,” he added. 

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) is also set to bolster its support for the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). 

According to PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, the agency will keep its commitment to support Filipino athletes firm, specifically with Republic Acts 6847 (which created the PSC) and 10699 National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.

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