Baguio to re­lease P1.5-M for Batang Pi­noy medal haulers

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which will be the ba­sis for our re­lease of the ath­lete's in­cen­tives," said Paul Ril­lorta of the city sports of­fice.

He said the city has al­lot­ted the amount for the sports in­cen­tive pro­gram, as part of its an­nual bud­get, and is ac­ces­si­ble any­time.

Ril­lorta said an or­di­nance man­dates the giving of in­cen­tive for ath­letes who rep­re­sent the city in ma­jor sports events, among them is the Batang Pi­noy na­tional fi­nals, which was held in Puerto Princesa Palawan in the last week of Au­gust for this year.

He said the in­cen­tive is PHP10,000, PHP5,000, and PHP3,000 for ev­ery gold-silver- bronze medal, re­spec­tively, garnered by an ath­lete. Coaches will re­ceive the same amount per medal of the ath­lete with a ceil­ing of PHP20,000.

The city made a 6145-70 gold, silver, bronze fin­ish, al­low­ing it to re­tain the over­all cham­pi­onship crown in the an­nual sports event for youth aged 15 and be­low.

In Mon­day's flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony at city hall, the of­fi­cials rec­og­nized the Baguio del­e­gates who suc­cess­fully de­fended their cham­pi­onship ti­tles.

Mayor Ben­jamin Ma­ga­long and the City Coun­cil led by vice Mayor Faustino Olowan rec­og­nized the al­most 300 ath­letes, coaches and other del­e­gates in the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion-led event.

Baguio City re­tained its over­all cham­pi­onship ti­tle for the third time against 248 other par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­cal govern­ment units na­tion­wide.

The team also brought home PHP3 mil­lion cash prize for bag­ging the cham­pi­onship.

Cebu City came in sec­ond with a 36-34-35 gold, silver and bronze medals fol­lowed by Davao City with 31 gold, 34 silver, and 41 bronze fin­ish, land­ing them in third place.

Other in­ter­na­tional sports heroes

On Mon­day, the city govern­ment also rec­og­nized two mix mar­tial arts ath­letesLito Adi­wang of Team Lakay and Is­mael Bandi­wan of Tribal Sub­mis­sion Team Torogi, who won in the ONE War­rior Se­ries mix mar­tial arts event held at Sin­ga­pore on Au­gust 6.

The city govern­ment also rec­og­nized Baguio City’s multi-awarded ul­tra­ma­rathon run­ner Marcelo Bautista, who fin­ished 1st run­ner-up in the Crazy 24Hour Endurance Run at In­tra­muros Manila on Septem­ber 1.

In his mes­sage, Ma­ga­long com­mended the ath­letes for giving glory, not only to the city of Baguio, but also to the coun­try.

He as­sured that the city govern­ment pro­vides sup­port to the sports pro­grams and the ath­letes of Baguio./pna

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