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PGCot allots financial support to Palarong Pambansa 2017 delegation

AMAS, Kidapawan City (April 26, 2017) –     The Provincial Government of Cotabato has allocated funds for the athletes, coaches and staff of the province’s athletic delegation that will be competing in the 2017 Palarong Pambansa.

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Cotabato Gov. Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliṅo-Mendoza said the funding will cover for the expenses of the delegation particularly for food, travel and other accommodations as earlier proposed by the Department of Education – Cotabato Division.

She said the fund was taken from the Special Education Fund (SEF) of the provincial government for 2017 where around P400,000 was allotted for allowances of 5 school heads, 32 coaches and 82 athletes and close to P100,000 for transportation and other expenses.

The release of allowances and financial assistance to the delegation took place few days before the Palarong Pambansa kicked-off at San Jose de Buenavista City, Antique and after the athletes and their coaches paid a courtesy visit to Gov Taliṅo-Mendoza at her office at the Provincial Capitol, Amas, Kidapawan City.

 

Apart from providing financial help, the governor also allotted cash incentives for winning athletes to boost the performances of Cotabato delegation and also to recognize their effort to bring honor to the province. Those who will win gold medal will be given P10,000, silver will be given P8,000 and P5,000 for bronze medalists.

“We have great confidence in our athletes and we recognize their endeavor to bring the name of the province in this highly anticipated sports event”, said Gov Taliṅo-Mendoza adding that the youth are integral part in building a strong and productive community and therefore deserve all the support from the provincial leadership in line with the “Serbisyong Totoo” program.

Gov Taliṅo-Mendoza, accompanied by DepEd Cot Schools Division Supt. Omar Obas and ASDS Mike Fillalan led the Region 12 delegation during the opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 last April 23. Gracing the prestigious event were no less than Department of Education Secretary Leonor M. Briones, Antique Governor Cadiao, Vice-Governor Kristine Garin and former Health Sec. Janet Garin and DepeD Regional Dir Arturo B. Bayocot.

As the Honorary Chairman of the delegation from SOCCSKSARGEN and host province of last year’s SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletics Association (SRAA), the governor takes pride in leading the athletes from the region that are all high spirited and inspired to join the country’s biggest sports competition. She is the lone governor from SOCSSKSARGEN present during the opening day.

For his part, Obas said that DepEd Cotabato and the Provincial Government of Cotabato in years have formed a strong partnership and worked hard in promoting the welfare of the youth in terms of sports, education, arts and culture. “I am grateful to the provincial leadership for taking an active role in nurturing the skills and potentials of our youth and for all its dynamic support to athletes”, said Obas while also highlighting the discipline, teamwork and excellence of the athletes from the province.

Meanwhile, the latest tabulation of the Palarong Pambansa shows that Cotabato delegation have already earned silver medal for long jump courtesy of Datunot Magaluyan; silver medal for tennis girls (elementary) courtesy of Tenny Madis ; bronze medal for table tennis team (elementary) composed of Liezel Joy Caṅada, Glieza Ampalid, Jane Flordewyn Ampalid; bronze for table tennis doubles composed of Caṅada and Ampalid with their coach Esteban Angcos; and bronze medal for table tennis mixed doubles.

More than 12,000 student-athletes from elementary and secondary schools of the country’s 18 regions converge in San Jose de Buenavista City and compete in 20 regular sports events and 3 demonstration sports of this year’s Palarong Pambansa.  (JIMMY STA. CRUZ with reports from ROVILLE ANN SOTTO-PGO-IDCD/Media Center)

 

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