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North of PHP2 M await 38 SEAG medal winning city athletes, coaches

The city is expected to give more than PHP2 million to Southeast Asian Games medal winning Philippine athletes and their respective coaches in the last edition of the biennial sports meet in Phnom Phen, Cambodia even as a victory party dedicated to them is also in the works.

“I have already asked our city sports development officer (Gaudencio Gonzales) to prepare the victory party like what we did to the Batang Pinoy winning athletes,” said councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales during a meet up with some of the winning athletes recently at the City Sports Development Office.

This as he said that he said he also asked Gonzales to finalize the report to fast track the release of the athletes incentives under the city sports code where gold medal winners get PHP60,000, while PHP40,000 and PHP30,000 await silver and bronze medalists.

With the 8-13-16 gold-silver-bronze haul, city athletes and their respective coaches are set to receive a total of about PHP2.2 million based on the report of Gonzales as posted on his Facebook page.

“Malaking budget from the city, the sports allotment, na naman (a big chunk from the city’s sports budget again),” said the Sangguiniang Kabataan chair with a smile.

Set to receive the biggest amount are boxers Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio and Ian Clark Bautista, three time SEA gold medal winner Jean Claude Saclag (kickboxing), kickboxer Claudine Veloso, wrestler Jason Balabal, back to back arnis winner Crisamuel Delfin and obstacle course racer Sandy Menchi Abahan, who won gold in the four member women’s team relay.

All are set to receive the full amount except, maybe for Abahan, who is expected to get a fourth of the amount.

Gideon Fred Padua will get PHP40,000 as he improved to a silver finish from bronze in wushu sanda and Mariane Mariano, a former sanda player but has moved to kun bokatur,.

Leeariel Lampacan, who failed to make it to the ONE Championship last year, made a home in kon bokatur and a silver medal.

Kickboxing produced the most silver medals with Renalyn Dacquel and Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw and Gina Iniong-Araos.

The others are: boxers Norlan Petecio, Nesthy’s younger brother, Roger Ladon, Riza Pasuit and Irish Magno, vovinam’s Emmanuel Cantores (60 kg.) and Hergie Bacyadan (60 kg) and wrestler Jason Baucas.

The bronze medalists are kickboxers Honorio Banario, Carl Von Buminaang, Daryl Chulipas, Danny Kingad, Kurt Lubrica and Jomar Balangui.

Team Lakay’s Jenelyn Olsim won in kon Khmer along with Felix Davis Cantores and Zyra Bon-as.

Arnis accounted for two with newcomers Mackjohn Neil Pineda and Ezekyl Habig. Vovinam has one in Jerlyn Kingad, while Estie Gay Liwanen won in jiu jitsu.

Kon bokator has one bronze in Godwin Langbayan, while taekwondo accounted for a bronze medal courtesy of two time world champion Jeordan Dominguez and Kobe Macario, who were part of the five person senior team freestyle taekwondo poomsae.

Christel Rei Fuentesfina was part of the bronze winning team in team event badminton and will expectedly get a portion of a bronze medalist windfall.

Under the sports code, athletes and coaches are eligible for incentives “if they have personally trained and rendered service to the athletes who win in international competitions at least six (6) months prior to the international competition.”

They can only claim their incentives if they comply with the requirements which are: “Certification to this effect by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) shall be in writing, duly attested by their respective national sports associations (NSAs) and copy furnished to the Local Sports Association (LSA) in the city of Baguio.”

The biggest ever given by the city was last year when it released PHP300,000 to Paalam and Petecio for winning silver medals in the Tokyo Olympics and PHP200,000 went to bronze medal winner Eumir Marcial, while their coaches got a total of PHP400,000 or a who PHP1.2 million.

The three athletes received scholarships from the University of Baguio as well as an undisclosed amount.

The athletes are also set to receive under Republic Act 10699 PHP300,000 for gold, andPHP150,000 and PHP60,000 for a silver and bronze medal, respectively.

Meanwhile, muay Thai world champion Islay Erika Bomogao is also expected to receive PHP50,000 for her gold and silver medal haul in the World IFMA Muay Thai Championship held in Bangkok, Thailand also on the same dates as the SEAG. Pigeon Lobien

PHP2 M THE RICHER. The amount the 38 city born, raised and recognized athletes are expected to receive from the city government. Here they pose with councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales, left, front with Sandi Menchi Abahan, Zyra Bon-as, Islay Erika Bomogao and muay Thai coach Edzel Ngina. Back from left: Emmanuel Cantores, Jomar Balangui, Datly Chulipas and Felix Cantores. Pigeon Lobien

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