By Pigeon Lobien
ATHLETES who are members of the Philippine team have started enjoying their 20 percent discount on purchases and services, thanks to the National Sports Associations (NSA)-issued booklets
NSA started distributing discount booklets to their athletes this October.
The discount booklets and identification cards are similar to the booklets and IDs used by senior citizens which entitle them to a 20 percent discount when they purchase goods or avail of services.
Eza Rai Yalong, who won a bronze in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, treated her teammates in the Philippine Eskrima Arnis Association for lunch on Tuesday (Oct. 13) to celebrate her 21st birthday.
Yalong paid a lower bill for their meal when she treated Abegail Abad, Elmer Manlapas, Billy Joel Valenzuela, and Donlee Alaga, all medal haulers during the 2019 SEAG, who also all have their discount booklets.
“Ang laki ng discount (the discount was big),” said Yalong.
“Mahal kami ng aming NSA, lalo na si president Sen. Mike Zubiri (Our NSA loves us, especially our president Sen. Mike Zubiri),” said the hotel and tourism student from the University of Baguio.
Jenelyn Olsim, a silver medalist in Muay Thai during the 2019 SEA Games who is also based in Baguio, posted in social media that her booklet arrived via courier at their house.
“We will make full use of it,” she said, as the booklet will expire by the end of the year.
Last July 13, the Baguio City council passed a resolution urging all business establishments, hotels and the transport sector to grant a 20 percent discount for national athletes and coaches.
The same resolution has urged “all government agencies concerned to issue necessary circulars or directives to ensure compliance”. (PNA)