PSC eyes 2020 Q1 as soonest date of RA 10699 full implementation

Agatha Wong of the Philippines (Gold Medal), Basma Lachkar (Silver Medal) of Brunei and Thi Minh Huyen (Bronce Medal) of Vietnam bag the medals in a taijiquan category of wushu during SEA Games 2019 Awarding ceremony held at World Trade Center. SEA Games pool photo
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--PSC chairman Butch Ramirez hopes that Republic Act 10699 will finally go full swing by early next year.

“We know this is long overdue but rest assured we are doing what we can, coordinating with the concerned government agencies to effect the full implementation. We hope for the full implementation by 1st quarter of 2020 so our athletes could swiftly avail of the benefits,” Ramirez said in a statement on Monday.

The said law, also known as the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act of 2015, expanded the perks the national athletes can enjoy, including a 20 percent discount in various establishments like restaurants, hotels, and movie houses and needs like medicine and sports equipment among others.

However, the said act became the talk of the town over the weekend when SEA Games gold medalist Agatha Wong took to Twitter on Saturday night her disappointment that some establishments still do not acknowledge the said act.

"Can we make R.A. 10699 on the national athlete’s discount benefits an imposed & required law to abide by? Gets quite annoying to keep having to explain to managers that this kind of benefit actually exists & some are even doubtful. [Do] you think I'm a liar?" the wushu champion tweeted.
She then told Franco Luna of The Philippine Star that she indeed was denied of the national athlete discount in a restaurant her family was in earlier Saturday as the diner's manager said that he and the rest of the crew are not aware about the said law.

"The Philippines Sports Commission has been making efforts to see the benefits of Republic Act 10699 (aside from the cash incentives) implemented, starting on the discounts of athletes and coaches," the PSC's statement added.

PSC further said, "We are now just awaiting the issuance of a Revenue Regulation by the BIR on the final implementation of RA 10699 Sec. 4 and 5."

The said sections tackle the advantages national athletes and coaches can get, with Section 5 primarily about academic scholarships.

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