BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 16 (PIA) -- The City Government of Baguio recognized the city's delegates who successfully defended their overall championship crown at the Batang Pinoy National Finals 2019 during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall on Monday.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong with the City Council led by Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan recognized the almost 300 athletes, coaches and other delegates who participated in the recently concluded national youth sports competition organized by the Philippine Sports Commission held in Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan on August 23 to 31.
Baguio City retained its overall championship title for the third time with 61 gold medals, 45 silver medals and 70 bronze medals against 248 other participating local government units nationwide in the sports event for athletes under 15-years old.
Cebu City came in second with 36 gold, 34 silver and 35 bronze followed by Davao City with 31 gold, 34 silver and 41 bronze in third place.
Wushu athletes gathered the most medal haul for the city with 14 gold, seven silver and four bronze medals followed by the judo team with 10-5-6 medals and muay thai with 10-4-3 medals.
With the medal haul this year, around P1.5 million is set to be released by the city government as incentive for the Batang Pinoy athletes.
"We are just waiting for the official result and the certificate of achievement from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) which will be the basis for our release of the athlete's incentives," said Paul Rillorta of the City Sports Office.
He said the city has allotted the amount for the sports incentive program as part of its annual budget as mandated under a city ordinance.
For every medal an athlete won gets incentive of PHP10,000, PHP5,000, and PHP3,000 for gold,silver and bronze medal, respectively. Coaches receive the same amount per medal of their athlete with a ceiling of PHP20,000.
The city government also recognized two mix martial arts athletes, Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay and Ismael Bandiwan of Tribal Submission Team Torogi, who won in the ONE Warrior Series, an international mix martial arts event held in Singapore on August 6, 2019.
Recognition was also given to the city's multi awarded ultramarathon runner Marcelo Bautista who finished as fisr runner up in the Crazy 24-Hour Endurance Run at Intramuros Manila on September 1, 2019.
Magalong commended the athletes for giving glory not only to the city of Baguio but to the country as well. He assured that the athletes will improve starting next year when they will have a better training facilities particularly with the construction of indoor sports facilities with equipment. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)