A TOTAL of 52 student-athletes who clinched medals in the recent 2017 Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique received cash incentives from the Iloilo City government.
The players from city elementary and high schools got their incentives during the flag raising ceremony at the Iloilo City Hall on May 15, 2017.
Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog commended the medalists for bringing pride and honor to Ilonggos and to the city.
Eleven gold medalists received P5,000 each while 24 silver medalists and 26 bronze medalists got P3,000 and P2,000 each, respectively.
Daniel Endress, the most bemedalled athlete from the city, also received cash incentives.
Endress, who represented the athletics boys in the Paralympics event, snatched the gold medal in 4×100-meter relay, silver medal in the running long jump, and bronze medal in the 200-meter run.
Rommel “Jojo” Castro of the City Sports Development Office said they are happy that the sports programs of the city improved the skills of young Ilonggos.
“Aside from monetary consideration, honor and prestige that are given to these young athletes, we hope to inspire them more to do their best and at the same time, encourage other aspiring Ilonggo athletes to excel,” Castro added.
The Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) team finished third place in the overall tally after collecting 38 gold, 29 silver, and 40 bronze medals in the Palarong Pambansa.