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Republic Act 9064 – AN ACT GRANTING CASH AND OTHER NON-MONETARY BENEFlTS AND INCENTIVES TO NATIONAL ATHLETES, COACHES AND TRAINERS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Republic Act 9064 Incentives to National Athletes, Coaches
Congress of the Philippines
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9064 April 5, 2001
AN ACT GRANTING CASH AND OTHER NON-MONETARY BENEFlTS AND
INCENTIVES TO NATIONAL ATHLETES, COACHES AND TRAINERS,
APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress
Section I. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as the “National Athletes, Coaches and
Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001″ or “Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of
Section 2. Statement of Policy. – The State shall promote excellence in sports and through
sports by providing for the welfare of national athletes, coaches, and trainers competing for
the country and particular benefits and incentives for those who have brought honor and
recognition to the country by winning in international competitions.
Section 3. Definition of Terms. – For purposes of this Act, the following terms shall be
defined as follows:
(a) National Athletes – shall refer to athletes who are Filipino citizens, members of the
national training pool, recognized and accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee
(POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and who have represented the country in
(b) National Coaches and Trainers – shall refer to coaches and trainers who are Filipino
citizens, members of the national coaches and trainers pool, recognized and accredited by the
PSC and who have represented the country as official coaches and trainers to national
athletes in international competitions;
(c) International Competitions – shall refer to international sports competitions which are
sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or held every four (4) years
including qualifying championships in team sports wherein only one (1) or two (2) countries
may qualify for the Olympics or World Championships.
Competitions granting prize money or those held in honor of any personality or sponsor shall
not be included.
Section 4. Benefits and Privileges for National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers. – Any
national athlete, coach and trainer who is currently registered as such before the PSC shall be
entitled to the following:
(a) the grant of twenty percent (20%) discount from all establishments relative to the
utilization of transportation services, hotels, and other lodging establishments, restaurants
and recreation centers and purchase of medicine and sports equipment anywhere in the
(b) minimum of twenty percent (20%) discount on admission fees charged by theaters,
cinema houses and concert halls, circuses, carnivals, and other similar places of culture,
leisure and amusement;
(c) free medical and dental consultations in private or public hospitals and similar
establishments anywhere in the country and medical insurance program to be provided by the
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC);
(d) a comprehensive social security program to be formulated by the Social Security System
within one hundred eighty (180) days from the approval of this Act;
(e) priority in existing livelihood programs being undertaken by various government agencies
subject to the guidelines and qualifications by the implementing body; and
(f) priority in national housing programs, affordable “pabahay” loans and other housing
opportunities subject to the guidelines and qualifications set by the National Housing
Authority (NHA) or the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF).
Such privately-owned establishments shall enjoy tax credits equivalent to the discounts
extended to the athletes.
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) shall, as soon as possible, provide for the rules and
regulations for the implementation of this Act.
Section 5. Scholarships. – a national athlete who wins in an international competition or
anyone qualified member of his/her immediate family within the fourth civil degree of
consanguinity shall be entitled to scholarship benefits in the form of tuition fees in state
colleges and universities in order to complete a college or university degree. The winning
national athlete shall likewise be given priority in the availment of state college and
university scholarship grants.
Likewise, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Technical Education Skills
and Development Authority (TESDA) shall give priority to winning national athletes who
seek scholarship grants and study under their programs subject to the qualifications for all
Private colleges and universities shall likewise be encouraged to adopt a similar program in
their institutions for winning national athletes.
Section 6. Retirement Benefits. – Any national athlete, coach and trainer who wins in an
international competition or has coached or trained such winning national athlete shall
receive a lump sum amount equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) of his/her total cash
incentives computed from the start of his/her active sports career as a member of the national
training pool or national coaches and trainers pool up to the last day of retirement from active
competition or training as certified by the PSC. Such lump sum amount shall be extended
sixty (60) days after the filing of the retirement papers.
Section 7. Death Benefits. – Upon the death of any national athlete, coach and trainer, his/her
primary beneficiaries shall be entitled to a lump sum benefit of Thirty thousand pesos
(P30,000.00) to cover for his/her funeral services: Provided, That if he/she has no primary
beneficiaries, his/her secondary beneficiaries shall be entitled to said benefits.
For purposes of this Act, primary beneficiaries shall refer to the legitimate spouse, legitimate
or illegitimate children. Secondary beneficiaries shall refer to the parents, and in their
absence, to the brothers or sisters of such athlete, coach and trainer.
Section 8. Cash Incentives for National Athletes. – National athletes who win gold, silver and
bronze medals in international competitions shall be entitled to cash awards in the following
A. INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
(a) For gold medalists:
(1) Five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) for Olympic Games;
(2) Two million five hundred thousand pesos (P2,500,000.00) for quadrennial World Championships;
(3) One million pesos (P1,000,000.00) for Asian Games; and
(4) One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) for Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).
(b) For silver medalists:
(1) Two million five hundred thousand pesos (P2,500,000.00) for Olympic Games;
(2) One million pesos (P1,000,000) for quadrennial World Championships;
(3) Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) for Asian Games; and
(4) Fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) for the SEA Games.
(c) For bronze medalists:
(1) One million pesos (P1,000,000.00) for Olympic Games;
(2) Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) for quadrennial World Championships;
(3) One hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00) for Asian Games; and
(4) Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00) for the SEA Games.
B. TEAM EVENTS
For competitions with less than five (5) participants per team, the team shall receive the same
cash awards for individuals medal winners as herein provided, to be divided equally among
the team members actually present during the competition.
For competitions with five (5) or more participants per team, the team shall receive twice the
cash awards for individual winners, to be divided equally among the team members actually
present during the competition:
Provided, That for demonstration and exhibition sports events in the Olympic Games,
winning national athletes shall receive fifty percent (50%) of the cash awards for Olympic
medalists as herein provided: Provided; further,That for SEA Games, monetary incentives
shall be given starting 200 1 to the winning athletes or terms who have equaled or surpassed
the existing game records or the previous placings in non-measurable events.
Section 9. Benefits, Privileges and Incentives for Past Achievers. – Any national athlete who,
prior to the enactment of this Act, had won gold, silver or bronze medals in international
competitions except SEA Games, shall be entitled to the benefits and privileges provided
under Section 4 and fifty percent (50%) of the cash incentives provided under Section 8 of
this Act. Such incentives shall be the difference between the cash award received under
Administrative Order No. 352 and the cash award provided under this Act.
Section 10. Incentives for Coaches and Trainers. – coaches and trainers shall also be entitled
to cash awards if they have personally trained and rendered service to the athletes or teams at
least one (1) year prior to the international competition. Certification to this effect by the
individual athlete or team captain shall be in writing.
The incentives for the coaches and trainers shall be equivalent to fifty percent (50%) of the
cash awards for gold, silver and bronze medalists.
There is hereby created a body to be known as the Philippine Coaches Accreditation Council
that shall accredit and recognize coaches and trainers. It shall be composed, among others, of
representatives from the PSC, POC and the academic community, preferably a professor in
physical education or sports science.
Section 11. Adjustment of Cash Incentives. – The PSC is hereby authorized to adjust the
schedule of incentives in Section 8 hereof, based on studies, consultations and public
hearings with relevant agencies to reflect the economic needs of the athletes. No
memorandum, order, or issuance shall diminish the prescribed schedule of incentives.
Donations and gifts from individuals, institutions or groups shall be construed as distinct and
separate from the cash incentives provided herein.
Section 12. Funding. – The amount necessary for the implementation of the cash incentives
and retirement benefits program of this Act shall be taken from the net cash income of the
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), to be remitted directly as a
special account to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) of the PSC. This is in
addition to the regular income share of the PSC pursuant to Republic Act No. 6847.
A separate fund equivalent to not less than sixty percent (60%) of existing NSDF shall be
automatically set aside for the training and preparation of national athletes covered by this
Not less than five percent (5%) of the NSDF shall be set aside for the selection of individual
athletes at the elementary and high school levels in track and field, swimming, badminton,
pingpong and similar individual sports events where the Philippines can develop into world
class competitors. Said fund shall be administered by the Department of Education, Culture
and Sports (DECS).
Section 13. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – The PSC, in coordination with the POC,
DECS, CHED, TESDA, among others, and other concerned agencies shall promulgate and
issue the lmplementing Rules and Regulations within sixty (60) days upon approval of this
Section 14. Separability Clause. – If any provision or part of this Act, or the application
thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or unconstitutional, the remaining
sections of this Act or the application of such provision or part hereof to other persons or
circumstance shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 15. Repealing Clause. – All laws, decrees, orders, issuances, rules and regulations or
parts thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed, amended or
Section 16. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its approval and
publication in the Official Gazette and/or in two (2) newspapers of general circulation,
whichever comes earlier.
AQUILINO Q. PIMENTEL JR.
President of the Senate
FELICIANO BELMONTE JR.
Speaker of the House of Representatives
LUTGARDO B. BARBO
Secretary of the Senate
ROBERTO P. NAZARENO
House of Representatives
Approved: April 5, 2001
President of the Philippines
Republic Act 9064