Athletes from Negros Occidental who won medals during last month’s Palarong Pambansa in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, received a total of PHP882,000 in cash incentives from the provincial government.
The cash incentives show the province’s gratitude to the athletes for their hard work and their determination to win, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said, as he congratulated them and their coaches during the awarding of the cash prize at the Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center here Thursday.
Negrense athletes brought home a total of 26 gold, 25 silver, and 25 bronze medals. Gold medalists for both individual and team events received PHP6,000 each; silver medalists, PHP4,000; and bronze medalists, PHP2,000.
The awarding of cash incentives was witnessed by 2nd District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor, and Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Portia Mallorca.
Negros Occidental returned to the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) during the regional meet held last February after competing separately last year under the Negros Island Region (NIR).
Following the abolition of the NIR in August 2017, Negros Occidental again competed as another province during the WVRAA meet.
Western Visayas placed third over-all in this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
Last March, Negros Occidental’s provincial government also distributed PHP736,600 in cash incentives to medalists of the regional meet held in Iloilo City. (NG/PNA)