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For peace of mind: Lito Lapid wants insurance coverage for Pinoy athletes

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Filipino athletes who will be competing in the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games must be given “free insurance” coverage.

Senator Lito Lapid stressed this in filing Senate Bill No. 1152 which seeks to provide free insurance coverage for all professional Filipino athletes competing in international sports events “to honor” them.

According to the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippines will be having the largest delegation in the 30th SEA Games with 1,115 athletes, and 753 coaches.

The SEA Games which will begin on Nov. 30 and end on Dec. 11 will be held in different venues in Metro Manila, New Clark City, and Subic Bay Freeport in Pampanga.

“It is only fair for the state to provide its athletes with insurance protection, especially those who are representing the Philippines in sports contests both here and abroad,” Lapid said.

“Nais nating ibigay ang nararapat na suporta at parangal para sa ating mga atleta na dugo at pawis ang ipinuhunan para lamang maikatawan ang ating bansa sa mga international sports competitions,” Lapid said.

Under SBN 1152, the State must provide insurance benefits such as medical expenses, travel insurance, death benefits, among others, to professional Filipino athletes who are competing in any international professional sports competition.

The bill also mandates the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to implement the program.

Funding for the insurance coverage will come from the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).

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