The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) wants national sports associations to crack the whip on athletes who won't live up to their lofty status as members of the PSC's priority list program.
PSC chairman Richie Garcia said those who get P40,000 monthly from the PSC must prove their worth during the Philippine National Games scheduled May 25 to June 2 in various Metro Manila locations.
Medalists from the 2011 Indonesia Southeast Asian Games, numbering 150, are entitled to the hefty paycheck but Garcia said those who won't perform worthy of their billing during the PNG will have to be stricken off the list.
"The NSAs should be the ones to relegate them to the training pool," said Garcia, noting that these elite athletes should easily hurdle the opposition in the PNG.
"If not, they have to be dropped," he added.
Garcia said it is not government intervention if the PSC will mandate the NSAs affected that they ought to clean up their ranks.
"This is not government intervention. This is the proper way to spend government money."
The PNG is being projected to serve as some sort of a qualifying event for candidates to the 2013 Myanmar SEAG this December.
The Philippines is hell-bent in improving on its dismal finish in the last three stagings of the SEAG.
But it doesn't appear that it can be done in Myanmar owing to the abundance of sports and events that are alien to the Philippines and most SEAG-member nations.
After topping the SEAG for the first time when it hosted it in 2005, the Philippines dropped to sixth place - the worst ever - in 2007 in Thailand. Two years later in Laos, it finished fifth and came crashing back to sixth spot in Indonesia in 2011.