TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Cagayano athletes who qualified in Palarong Pambansa 2018 and bagged medals in Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association (CAVRAA) meet received cash incentives from the Provincial Government of Cagayan on Friday, May 4.
For every gold medal, athletes got P10,000; while for every silver medal and bronze medal, athletes took home P7,000 and P5,000 cash incentives, respectively.
Some 115 athletes from the elementary level and 157 athletes from the secondary level were given cash incentives through a ceremony in the Provincial Coliseum here.
The provincial government awarded a total of P1,154,000 to young athletes in the elementary level and P1,604,000 to athletes in the secondary level.
For Jarill Ann Sauadan, a Palaro qualifier for basketball girls secondary, said she dedicates her achievement to her family who served as inspiration during the event.
“Masaya po ako at nagpapasalamat po ako kay Gov dahil sa binigay po nilang incentive. Binigay ko po yung best ko para makaabot po sa Palaro. Ito ang first time kong makapasok. Nagtraining po ako ng mabuti para dito,” Sawadan said.
The young athlete from Enrile Vocational High School also told Forum that she is proud to give honor to the region as a Cagayano athlete.
Sauadan’s chaperone, April Busal Capili said the awarding here has paid off all the athletes’ hardship from months of training.
“Masaya ako at nakikita kong masayang-masaya ang mga athletes dahil kahit napagod sila at nagsacrifice sila dun sa Palaro, itong matatanggap nilang incentive na ito ay isang paraan para mabigyan sila ng importansya at maipakita ng provincial government na importante ang lahat ng atleta,” Capili said.
Inspiration to others
Meanwhile, Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba urged athletes to inspire other members of the youth to improve their physique instead of being stuck with playing gadgets.
“Wala nang mapupuntahan yung mga kabataan natin [dahil] nakakulong na nga lang sa bahay. Panay reality TV, at gadget na lang sila. Let us bring them out. Kaya nga ang sinasabi ko sa mga athletes na ito be their inspiration to improve their physique,” Mamba said.
Mamba also stressed honesty and seriousness in developing programs for the youth.
“It has always been a biggest challenge sa amin na yung pera para sa inyong mga atleta at para sa inyong mga programa sa sports ay nagagamit sa tama at walang nawawala because napakaimportante, nakita natin sa national sports program, pinagkakaperahan ito ng maraming tao…I will never allow this to happen in the province,” Mamba said.
Mamba said he hopes municipal and barangay governments with the private sector will burn the flame of sports programs in the province.
“Sana makita nila what we are trying to do for the province. Kaming pulitiko may limit naman yung pag stay naming dito eh…Why don’t we take advantage of all of this, yung time na nandito tayo to accomplish something [for sports]?” he said.
The governor noted the need to put up gymnasiums in each school of the province. He even suggested that each town must have a football field.
Mamba reminded barangay and municipal leaders to be “honest” in implementing sports programs and spend government money well, especially for sports development.
“If we are number on in sports, there is no reason why we cannot be number one in all aspects including governance, including livelihood, [and] including morality,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Cagayan has also filed a resolution commending Cagayano athletes who have contributed to Region 02’s medal haul and for their their “exceptional performance” in the games.
Region 02 bagged 11 gold, 8 silver, and 14 bronze medals in the annual multi-sporting event to rank 10th place in the overall medal tally.This is the region’s best performance for the national games for the past decade, as first reported here in Forum.
The division of Cagayan led the region’s delegation after bagging the overall championship in this year’s CAVRAA meet held in this city last February.
With recordings from Menchie Manuel/DZCV. Northernforum.net