Sports: Capitol Gives Cash Incentives to Negros Medalists in WVRAA Meet
The Negros Occidental athletes who were responsible for claiming both the elementary and secondary division overall championship in the last Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet held in Bacolod City were given cash incentives for winning medals for the province at the Capitol building yesterday.
The provincial government headed by Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon and Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez who were both present during the awarding, allocated P745,000.00 for the medalist athletes.
Each gold medalists received P1,150 - P800 for silver and P600 for bronze to include the special events.
There were 260 golds, 112 silver and 44 bronze medalists in the secondary division, while 188 gold, 75 silver and 41 bronze medalists in the elementary divisions.
Gov. Marañon congratulated each Negros Occidental athletes and told them the province is proud of them. He urged them "to set their mind for that elusive title and with God’s help Western Visayas will prevail", referring to the dominance of National Capital Region (NCR) in the Department of Education-run grassroots sports development program.
Angel Verdeflor, Executive Assistant IV to the governor and Provincial Sports Coordinator earlier said, this is the strongest contingent of Western Visayas in the Palarong Pambansa. He said, the delegation will leave on April 29, 2012 for the Palaro slated on May 6 to 12, 2012 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
In claiming the overall championship, Negros had 385 points as against 345of Iloilo in the elementary division, while it got 436 points in the secondary division, Iloilo also had 396.5 points.
Negros Occidental won the elementary basketball, elementary girls’ badminton, elementary girls’ chess, elementary football, elementary softball, elementary boys’ and girls’ swimming, elementary boys’ and girls’ table tennis, elementary girl’s taekwondo, elementary boys and girl’s tennis, and elementary girl’s volleyball.
In elementary division, Iloilo won the boys’ and girls’ athletics, boys’ badminton, boys’ baseball, sipa, boys’ taekwondo, and boys’ volleyball.
Aklan surprisingly placed third overall in elementary division with 158 points, winning the boxing and boy’s chess and boys’ arnis. Capiz was fourth with 146 points; Antique is fifth with 79 points and Guimaras was sixth with 56 points.
In secondary division, Negros won the boys’ and girls’ badminton, boy’s baseball and basketball, boxing, boys’ chess, sepak takraw, girls’ softball, boys’ and girls’ swimming, boys’ and girls’ table tennis, boys’ and girls’ tennis and girls’ volleyball.
Iloilo won the secondary boys’ and girls’ arnis, boys’ and girls’ athletics, girls’ basketball, boys’ football, girls’ taekwondo and boys’ volleyball.
Capiz placed third with its win in girls’ chess, and boys’ taekwondo. Aklan placed fourth; Antique was fifth with its dominance in boys’ and girls’ archery and playing second in both boys’ and girls’ taekwondo; while Guimaras was sixth overall.*