By Aileen P. Refuerzo
BAGUIO CITY — Seventy one athletes and coaches instrumental in the city’s second-place finish in the 2018 Philippine National Games received their additional cash incentives last Wednesday.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan and City Sports and Recreation Division head Gaudencio Gonzales handed over the monetary reward amounting to P10,000 for gold, P5,000 for silver and P3,000 for bronze medalists.
He thanked the athletes for giving honor to the city and encouraged them to continue striving and realizing the benefits of sports activities.
Gonzales said the additional incentive that totaled P1.157 million doubled the amount of cash rewards received by the athletes.
The regular incentive mandated by a city ordinance was released last year.
The additional incentive came from the P8 million cash prize given to PNG winners by the Philippine Sports Commission as part of its grassroots sports promotion.
The grant of the extra benefits to the athletes was decided in a resolution approved by the City Sports Program Development Council (CSPDC) which the mayor heads.
Domogan said the rest of the amount will be used to procure sports equipment and materials for use of the athletes in their trainings.
The Philippine National Games (PNG) officially known as the POC-PSC Games is a national multi-sport tournament in the Philippines to select the national pool athletes who will compete in international tournaments such as the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and the Olympics.
The 2018 PNG was held in May 19-25 co-hosted by the City of Cebu and the Province of Cebu.
Meanwhile, Batang Pinoy athletes will also receive their additional cash reward soon from the P3 million prize for topping the finals held last year in the city.
Unlike the PNG, the incentive will amount to P3,000 for the gold, P2,000 for the silver and P1,000 for the bronze medalists.