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PSC assures athletes' allowances out 'early this week'

The PSC looks to release the national athletes' allowances as early as Monday. Jess Escaros/PNA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--The Philippine Sports Commission assured the national athletes that they will get their allowances very soon after two months of delay.

This after Senator Bong Go called on the PSC to release the allowances immediately after receiving complaints from some athletes.

"Ngayon ay Agosto na. Tinatawagan ko ng pansin ang pamunuan ng PSC kung maaaring tingnan ang reklamong ito. Ayusin ang dapat ayusin at ibigay ang dapat ibigay," Go, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, said on Saturday night. "We are in the middle of a pandemic and everyone is having difficulty. Our athletes and coaches who bring honor to our country are no exception."

In response, the PSC, in a statement on Sunday, said, "We apologize for the slight delay in the posting of allowances but rest assured that these will be released by early this week as we have finalized the necessary requirements for the effect of this batch’s posting under the new system."

The agency even cited Executive Director Guillermo Iroy saying that the allowances "will be deposited to LandBank by Monday."

The delay in the release of the allowances, according to the PSC, is due to "the overhaul of our payroll administration system."

It can be remembered that the agency made a major makeover on how it will process the athletes' allowance following the payroll padding scheme it exposed last month.

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As a result of the overhaul, the PSC has called on independent auditors to monitor its operation and named Iroy as the new executive director.

"This was a painful but necessary action to ensure that no underhanded schemes are ever done in this service aspect again," the agency further stated.

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