Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the presentation of cash incentives to Palarong Pambansa 2014 medalists from the province at the Capitol Social Hall yesterday.
A total of P670,000 was given to Negrense athletes who won gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Western Visayas team in the national palaro.
The governor assured the athletes in his message of his continued support and encouraged them to do better in the next competitions.
Mary Anthony Diesto, who gifted WVRAA with a gold medal secondary girls’ long jump, 100 meters and 4x100 relay, and a silver in triple jump, received the biggest amount of P20,000 after the provincial government allotted P5,500 for each gold medal, P3,500 for a silver, and P2,000 for bronze.
Secondary boys’ high jump Palarong Pambansa record breaker Alexis Soqueño received P11,000 as incentive while his teammate and classmate from Romanito Maravilla National High School, Jose Jerry Belibestre, received P5,500 for winning the gold in long jump.
Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City passed Wednesday a resolution congratulating and appreciating the Bacolod City athletic delegation to the 67th Palarong Pambansa in Laguna City.
The resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella, said the athletes must be accorded with due honor and respectful salute for showing to the whole Philippines the values and new brand of sport heroism.
The Western Visayas ranked third in the overall tally, behind the National Capital Region and host CALABARZON, with a total medal haul of 32 gold, 33 silver, and 38 bronze medals.*NAB
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