Alsons Power donates $3,500 to Zambo weightlifters for 2016 Rio Olympics PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 14:57

The Alsons Power Group – the first and most experienced independent power producer in Mindanao – demonstrated strong support for national sports via a $3,500 cash donation for weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz, Nestor Colonia and national coach Alfoncito Aldanete. Diaz and Colonia, who will be competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil, each received $1,000 while Aldanete received $1,500 during simple ceremonies at the power company’s headquarters in Makati City.

Diaz and Colonia, who both hail from Zamboanga City, expressed their gratitude for the financial support adding that the recognition from a Mindanao-based company such as Alsons – whose subsidiary the Western Mindanao Power Corp. (WMPC) operates a 100-MW diesel power plant in Sangali, Zamboanga City while the 105-MW San Ramon Power, Inc. (SRPI) baseload coal plant targeted for construction this year is located in Talisayan, also in Zamboanga City–was a morale-boosting gesture that adds to their determination to bring home the gold.

Diaz and Colonia, who are also members of the Philippine Air Force, are ranked 3rd and 4th in the world, respectively. Diaz will be competing in the 53-kg division while it will be the 56-kg division for Colonia. This will be thethird time for Diaz to go for an Olympic gold, having first competed during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and then in 2012 in London where she was flag bearer during the opening ceremonies. Both Diaz and Colonia have been harvesting medals in regional and international competitions, including a bronze for Colonia in the recent world championship in Houston, Texas and two golds and one silver for Diaz in the Asian Youth/Junior weightlifting Championship in Jeonju, South Korea.

According to Alsons Power corporate communications head Oscar Benedict Contreras III, the company welcomes the opportunity to help out athletes whosepotential to bring home the gold is strong. “A lot of our athletes are in dire need of financial support especially those engaged in sports that are not as high profile as boxing, basketball or athletics. As a company that is active in Zamboanga City, we feel that it is incumbent upon us to help out athletes such as Hidilyn and Nestor who are from Zamboanga City,” Contreras said, disclosing that they were also pleasantly surprised to learn that the whole national weightlifting team all come from Zamboanga.

According to SRPI project manager Engr. Archie Donato, the cash donation affirms the company’s commitment to community development in the areas where they operate. “Alsons Power, as well as SRPI and WMPC, are in for the long haul in Zamboanga City. While we have been engaged in a lot of initiatives that are supportive of education as well as sports, they have mostly been local, not on a national level or in this magnitude. We hope that this expression of support for our Olympic athletes will signal a long-term cooperation not only with the residents of the communities where we operate but also at the national level,” Donato concluded.