The City Council has passed a resolution commending local athletes who won medals in the South East Asian Games (SEAG) 2019 and giving them incentives.
During Monday’s regular session, councilor Victor Oliveros said the City Sports Office is currently gathering the details of the players for their eventual recognition.
“Pina-finalize pa ang listahan kasi hindi pa naman tapos ang palaro. Iminumungkahi lamang natin na bigyan natin ng parangal at insentibo ang mga athleta na lumahok dito sa SEA Games,” Oliveros said.
Initially, he said only gold medal winners should be given incentives, but Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president and councilor Myka Magbanua said those who also won silver and bronze should also receive cash rewards in recognition of their hard work in the SEAG.
No amount was mentioned by Oliveros and Magbanua during the session, but the SEAG medal haulers will be given rewards, they said.
The amount will reportedly come from the savings of the city government.
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There are at least six Palawan athletes who won medals in different sports events in the biennial multi-sport competition involving participants from the current 11 countries of Southeast Asia.
They are Romark Belo in water polo; Sarah Jean Catain-Kalalo, Josefina Maat, Jeffrey Morcillos and Ronsite Gabayeron in sepak takraw; and Kevin Dador Pascua in the obstacle course race (OCR).
Earlier, Magbanua who is the committee on sports chairperson said the city government should reward local athletes who competed and garnered medals in the SEA Games this year.
“Our proudest congratulations to all the Filipino athletes who brought and will be bringing home the bacon, especially to the Palaweño athletes who made it to the SEA Games and managed to bring pride not only to the city and the province but to the whole Filipino nation,” she said.