February 2, 2023

Athletes who are members of Philippine teams have started enjoying their 20 percent discount on purchases and services thanks to the National Sports Associations (NSA)-issued booklet.

NSA has started distributing discount booklets to their athletes last month.

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.

In Baguio City, Cordilleran arnis athlete Eza Rai Yalong, who won a bronze medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, treated her teammates in the Philippine Eskrima Arnis Association for lunch recently 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 2019 SEAG medal haulers, who all have their discount booklets.

“The discount was huge,” said Yalong.

“Our NSA loves us, especially our president Sen. Mike Zubiri,” said the hotel and tourism student from the University of Baguio.

Jenelyn Olsim, a Muay Thai silver medalist 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 at the end of the year.

Last July, the city council passed a resolution urging all business establishments, hotels and transport sector to grant 20 percent discount to national athletes and coaches.

The same resolution has urged “all government agencies concerned to issue necessary circulars or directives to ensure compliance.” – PNA