PH Rep Hidilyn Diaz bags silver in Rio Olympics, to be awarded 5M, house & lot

After ending the two decade medal drought of Philippines in Olympics, Powerlifting silver awardee Hidilyn Diaz will be given 5 million pesos and a house and lot.

The P5 million peso cash reward stated in RA 10699 or National athletes, coaches and trainers Benefits Act, signed into law last 2015.

Athletes who will win a gold medal for the Philippines at the Summer Olympics are entitled to P10 million and an Olympic Gold Medal of Valor, while bronze medalists will get P2 million.

Under the law, national athletes and coaches are also granted a 20-percent discount on transportation, hotels and other lodging establishments, restaurants, and purchase of medicine and sports equipment for their actual and exclusive use.

According to reports, they are also provided with free medial consultations in government hospitals, insurance coverage, and a comprehensive social security program.

Malacañang Palace had congratulated to Diaz, as it recognized the “end of medal drought” for the Philippines.

Diaz’s victory is a first since Olympic medal since Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco’s silver medal for boxing at the 1996 Atlanta games.

The Filipina athlete lifted 88 kilograms in the snatch, and 112 kilograms in the clean and jerk, for an overall lift of 200 kilograms.