EVEN professional athletes, including boxers and mixed martial arts fighters, are feeling the pinch of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham "Baham" Mitra, is doing its share to help them.
In his letters to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Rolando Joselito Bautista, Mitra said more than 1,000 professional athletes are directly affected by the "No Work, No Pay" as a result of the enhanced community quarantine.
Mitra and GAB commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Mar Masanguid said a total of
1,133 licenced boxers, trainers and seconds and MMA and muay thai fighters and trainers are "unable to exercise their profession due to the imposed community quarantine and are devoid of a source of income."
"The P5,000-P8,000 social amelioration program will help them survive these hard times in our nation's history," said Mitra in his letter.
"This iniative is in accordance with the recently passed law, Republic Act No. 11479, or the Bayanihan To Heal as One Act, which seeks to address the looming impact of the COVID-19 in the country," Mitea added.
Based on the list given by GAB to People's Tonight, the list of affected licensed professional athletes include 805 boxers, 157 boxers/trainers, 79 MMA fighters, 48 MMA trainers, 32 muay thai fightersand 12 muay thai trainers.