Dear PAO,
I heard that athletes enjoy certain privileges such as discounts to restaurants, hotels and the like. I just want to know about these discount, and if these are available to all athletes.


Dear Jorlan,
Please be informed of the provisions of Section 4 (a) and (b) of Republic Act 10699 otherwise known as the “National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act,” which read:




“Section 4. Benefits and Privileges for National Athletes and Coaches. – Any national athlete and coach, as defined herein and who is currently registered as such, shall be entitled to the following:


“a. The grant of 20 percent 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 country for the actual and exclusive use or enjoyment of the national athlete and coach;


“b. Minimum of 20 percent discount on admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses and concert halls, circuses, carnivals and other similar places of culture, leisure and amusement for the actual and exclusive use and enjoyment of the national athlete and coach; xxx.” (Emphasis supplied)




Clearly, only national athletes and coaches are entitled to the abovementioned discounts. Under Section 3 (c) of the same law, the term “national athlete” is defined as:


“c. National athletes shall refer to athletes including persons with disabilities who are Filipino citizens, members of the national training pool, recognized and accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee and the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission), including athletes with disabilities, who are recognized and accredited by the NPC PHIL (National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines) and the PSC, and who have represented the country in international sports competitions;”


Evidently, only those covered by the above-mentioned definition can be deemed as national athletes and can therefore be entitled to the said discounts.


We find it necessary to mention that this opinion is solely based on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Thus, the opinion may vary when the facts are changed or further elaborated. We hope that we were able to enlighten you on the matter.




Date: April 15, 2019 | By: Persida Acosta | Newspaper: The Manila Times | Source: