The monthly allowances of national athletes and coaches are expected to revert back to 100% — after they were slashed in half since July because of the coronavirus pandemic — starting next week, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino.

Mr. Tolentino said the passing of the Bayanihan Act 2 provides for the country’s sports program that was momentarily sacrificed as government channeled funds in the fight against the pandemic.

“This is good news for our athletes who have become anxious and even lost their focus during the pandemic. With their allowances back to normal, they can now concentrate on their training,” said Mr. Tolentino, who is also a member of the House of Representatives representing the eighth district of Cavite and helped push for the Bayanihan Act 2 in Congress.

Mr. Tolentino said the Bayanihan Act 2 provides P180 million for the national team members’ allowances.

“And that’s retroactive from July,” he said, adding the athletes and coaches will receive the 50% that was cut from their allowances when the Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) budget for the year was channeled to the pandemic efforts.

Mr. Tolentino also said each of the athletes and coaches will receive a one-time P5,000 pandemic assistance.

“The funds are now with the PSC and we expect the allowances to be back to normal on the next pay day for the athletes and coaches,” Mr. Tolentino said.

The national team members under the PSC’s care include 996 athletes, 262 coaches, 280 para athletes and 82 para coaches. The total monthly payroll is P41 million.