House honors Hidilyn Diaz PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 August 2016 12:12

By DEXTER YAP

House Leaders Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas together with Cong. Celso Lobregat and Cong. Manuel Jose Dalipe of Zamboanga City introduced House Resolution No 175 Commending Hidilyn Diaz for her exceptional feat in winning the Rio 2016 Olympic Silver Medal in the Women’s 53-kg Weightlifting Division on August 7, 2016 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

House Resolution No 175 was presented on the floor and unanimously approved in the session last Tuesday.

The 25 year old Hidilyn Diaz, who hails from Zamboanga City is the fifth of six children of couple Eduardo Diaz, a former tricycle driver mild stroke victim and mother Emelita, a housewife of Barangay Mampang.

Hidilyn lifted a total of 200kg at the 53 kg category and won the silver medal. The 2016 Olympics is Hidilyn’s third participation in the Olympic Games following her

2008 Beijing and 2012 London stints. Hidilyn’s feat ended the Philippine’s 20 year Olympic medal drought. The Olympic medal was last won by the Philippines in 1996, when Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco won silver in the light weight boxing competition during the summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States.

Cong. Lobregat said, “Hidilyn’s success shows that with hard work, no dreamer is too small and no dream is too big to be realized”. There is no doubt that this lady from Zamboanga now belongs to an elite group of Filipino Olympians as she lifted the country’s pride through grit and determination.

Lobregat added that the Mindanaoans are more than proud that there has been a remarkable concurrence of events as Hidilyn made history by being the first athlete from

Mindanao to win a medal in the Olympics during the administration of President Duterte who became the first person from Mindanao to be elected President of the Republic.

Hidilyn will receive P5 million incentives for her silver medal victory which is guaranteed by RA 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act that was enacted into law during the 16 th Congress. Further, pursuant to amendatory Ordinance No. 267 of the Sangguniang Panlungsod which was passed in April 7, 2005 during the administration of then Mayor Celso Lobregat, Hidilyn will be entitled to receive P500,000.00 from the City Government for winning the Olympic Silver.

Lobregat recalls that during his time as mayor, in the implementation of Ordinance No. 267, Hidilyn Diaz received incentives from the City Government several times as she won medals in several international competitions. Among these competitions was in the 2007 when Hidilyn won Bronze Medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Another was in 2008 Asian Youth/Junior Weighlifting Championship held in Jeonju, Korea where Hidilyn garnered two gold medals under the youth division (58 kilogram category), and the first ever for Zamboanga in the Asian event. In 2011, Hidilyn also won a Silver Medal in the Southeast Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Resolution No. 175 also states that Hidilyn made history for the Philippines by becoming the first female Filipino athlete to win an Olympic medal and the first Filipino to win Olympic medal in weightlifting. The outstanding performance of Hidilyn deserves to be commended for the pride, recognition, and honor she has brought to our country. — Dexter Yap