Zambo athletes in SEA Games receive city’s cash incentives PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 January 2012 16:16

Mayor Celso Lobregat personally released yesterday the city government’s cash incentives totaling P1,425,000.00 million to 18 Zamboangueño athletes who harvested medals during the 26th Southeast Asian Games held from Nov. 11-22, 2011 in Indonesia.

Lobregat said the grant of cash incentives to outstanding Zamboangueño athletes in local, national and international sports competitions is mandated under a city ordinance aimed at encouraging the youth to engage in sports and bring honor for the city.

Under the ordinance for international sporting events, a gold medal is equivalent to a cash incentive of P150,000, silver is P100,000 and bronze P75,000, of which 30% will go the coach. For group events, the incentive will be divided among the number of participating players.

Among the recipients of the incentives, Iris Rañola received a total of P300,000 in whooping cash for harvesting two gold medals in billiards (8 and 9 Balls).
Ruben Angeles, Ernesto Binarao and Jonash Ponce divided among themselves the P150,000 for gold medal in baseball, making each of them P37,500 richer. Ryan Roose Garcia went home with P150,000 for gold medal in basketball.

Mayor Lobregat expressed elation when informed that the city’s cash incentives are much higher than the national government. Rañola volunteered information that the national government gives only P100,000 for gold, P50,000 for silver and P10,000 for bronze.

Other recipients of the incentives were Florante Acuña, Joel Binarao, Orlando Binarao, Roget Rojas and Roberto Iturralde, who shared among themselves the P150,000 for gold medal in softball, giving them P30,000 each, while Margarito Angana Jr. received P150,000 for gold in wrestling.

The silver medalists of P100,000 each are Jul Omar Abdulhakim (Pencat Silat), Hidilyn Diaz (Weightlifting), and Roberton Torres (Wrestling).

Bronze medalists Dennis Lyod Catipon (Judo), Rolando Claro (Tenung Derajat) and Jimmy Angana (Wrestling) received P75,000 each.

The 18 Zamboangueño athletes formed part of the Philippine team that participated in the recently-concluded SEA Games in Indonesia.

Present during the distribution of the cash incentives held at the City Hall conference room yesterday morning were Councilors Nonong Guingona, Myra Paz Abubkar and Lilia Nuño, two visiting councilors from Ipil, Sibugay Province, who called on the mayor, City Sports Division Chief Bernardito Patiño and family members of the athletes.

In his message, Lobregat thanked and commended the athletes for their outstanding performance in the recent SEA Games that gave honor to Zamboanga City, even as he expressed hope that other youths and athletes will also excel in any sports events. — Vic Larato