Filipino Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz is set to be awarded the inaugural Congressional Medal of Excellence by the House of Representatives. House Resolution No. 2041 commending Diaz and awarding her the medal was filed by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, House Minority Leader Joseph Stephen Paduano, Zamboanga City Rep. Manuel Jose Dalipe, and Isabela Rep. Faustino Micahel Carlos Dy III.
Lawmakers stated in HR 2041 that Diaz’s “fighting heart and indomitable spirit has ignited hope and dreams in our country reeling from the current pandemic and economic downturn by bringing honor and pride to all Filipinos, whether in the country or abroad.”
In addition, HR 1981 was filed by Paduano, Romualdez, and Velasco for the Congressional Medal of Excellence to be institutionalized. It is meant for national athletes who win the gold medal at the Olympic Games, described as “the world’s only truly global, multisport celebratory athletics competition.”
At present, the House of Representatives has two congressional medals: the Congressional Medal of Achievement, and the Congressional Medal of Distinction. The former is given to leaders in politics, culture and the economy who have distinguished themselves through their life’s work; the latter is for Filipino achievers in arts & culture, business, medicine, science, and sports.
To date, Diaz’s historic gold medal win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has led to perks that include a cash incentive of over P35 million.
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