• P5 million cash bonus from the Philippine authorities awaits Hidilyn Diaz for winning a silver medal in the Rio Olympics
  • Pres. Duterte is honored and proud of Diaz’s effort
  • The inspiring story of Diaz is the narrative of Filipinos

Aside from a hero’s welcome, a P5 million cash incentive from the Philippine government awaits Pinay weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning a silver medal at the ongoing 2016 Rio Olympics.

Section 12 of Republic Act 10699 signed by former President Benigno Aquino III in November 2015 grants athletes to receive the amount as cash incentive as well as retirement benefits that will come from the net cash income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, August 8, has expressed elation on the victory of Diaz, who ended the 20-year long medal drought of the Philippines in the summer Olympic Games.

Diaz’s feat earned her various distinctions in the chronicled history of the Philippines in the Olympics held every four years, being the first Filipino to win a medal in Olympic weightlifting, first Filipina to earn an Olympic medal, first non-boxer to win a medal for PH since 1936, first Olympic medalist from Mindanao and PH’s first Olympic medalist since 1996.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said Pres. Duterte is honored and proud of Diaz’s feat.

“We extend our sincerest congratulations and celebrate the end of the medal drought. Truly change has come,” he said in a statement.

Presidential Communications Office Sec. Martin Andanar also highlighted Diaz’s journey to Rio, citing her victory as a journey of grit, patience and determination.

“The inspiring story of Diaz is the story of Filipinos. Bespectacled and standing at 5’2”, Hidilyn, who hails from Zamboanga City, took up weightlifting from a relative who taught her the sports,” Andanar said.

The incentive for Diaz will be remitted directly as a special account to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) of the Philippine Sports Commission.