The six Dragon Boat champions from Barangay Latasan, EB Magalona, received more financial rewards and praises from Negrenses proud of their success at the Panaad Sports Stadium in Bacolod City yesterday afternoon.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan handed the six rowers a resolution lauding them for winning five gold and two silver medals in the 10th International Dragon Boat Federation World Championship in Tampa, Florida, early this month.
Alvarez said the 16 members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are allocating P5,000 each for a total of P80,000 to be given to the six Negrense champions.
The six Negrense Dragon Boat rowers are Salvador Sumagaysay (Philippine Army), Rico Pradilla (Philippine Navy), Crisanto Pabulayan (Philippine Air Force), Joemar Ocquiana (PA), Junrey Dayumat (Philippine Coast Guard) and Ma. Ailene Padrones (PAF).
DYRL’s Merkado Publiko hosted by Vic Mercado also turned over P56,000 donated by his radio listeners to the six rowers yesterday.
On Tuesday the Negros Occidental provincial government, Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), EB Magalona town led by Mayor David Albert Lacson and engineer Eduardo Deriada, a local entrepreneur, also gave P30,000 each for a total of P120,000 or P20,000 per athlete.
Marañon said the athletes deserve the cash donations they receive, noting that they have brought honor to the country.
He urged them to strive more and collect more gold medals.
The governor refused to comment on complaint of lack of support and recognition from the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Olympic Committee for the paddlers despite their victory, telling the media to instead ask POC chairman Monico Puentevella about it.
Alvarez said the Dragon Boat rowers have already won, he hopes the PSC and POC at least acknowledge their feat.
The six Dragon Warriors yesterday also paid a courtesy call on Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonarda at the Bacolod City Government Center.
“We Filipinos are very proud of them,” Leonardia said.*CPG