Councilor Olowan’s resolution to up athletes’ incentive hailed-A A +A
By Nars Padilla
Friday, September 6, 2013
CITY athletes and sports leaders are praying the City Council will approve the amended cash incentive resolution introduced by Councilor Faustino Olowan a few weeks ago. It is now on its second reading.
Sometime in 1993, when I was councilor, I sponsored Resolution No. 092 which laid down the specific provisions of the cash incentives program for deserving and qualified athletes and coaches whose performances in the international, national, regional and city wide palaro are highly exemplary.
After 20 longs years, the much awaited change will finally be on centerstage for the benefit of our sports arena performers who will give our city and country honor and fame. Councilor Olowan, who was a varsity basketball and volleyball player during his college days at the Baguio Colleges Foundation (now the University of the Cordilleras), deserve our praise for his worthy initiative and for sponsoring the resolution.
We have all the respect for the honorable members of the City Council Youth and Sport committee headed by our SK president Councilor Karminn Cheryl Dinny Yangot to favorably endorse the Olowan amendatory resolution.
Personally, as a modest sportsman, I have been clamoring for years for the increase in cash incentives for performing athletes. Definitely the opportunity will inspire our athletes and their mentors to work harder in their respective events and perform to the highest level.
My 1993 resolution on cash incentives gives top international athletes P10,000 for gold; P5,000 for silver; and P3,000 for bronze medals. The coaches, on the other hand, get P5,000, P3,000; and P2,000, respectively.
The Olowan version if approved will grant P20,000, P15,000 and P10,000, respectively, for gold, silver and bronze medals. The winning coaches get P15,000, P10,000 and P5,000 each respectively.
Winning medals in any international competition is challenging. The world’s best are in the arena. Hence, awards and recognition are always on the lanes.
By the way, the 2013 Southeast Asian Games will be held in Myanmar this December. The Philippines is preparing for the biennial conclave. I am sure a number of our local athletes, especially in athletics, wushu, where we excel, judo, boxing, chess, taekwondo and karatedo, among others will be in the Philippine Team. We have our fingers crossed and with the blessings of the Almighty, that by then, the City Council should have approved the Olowan resolution.
As the first Filipino national training camp director of Project Gintong Alay under the outstanding leadership of Michael Keon during the early 80s, I took part in revitalizing programs in Philippine sports. We had our ups and downs, but as sure as the silver lining behind the dark clouds, Philippine sports as a whole, improved tremendously and achieved with distinction.
Our core of athletes then composed of Lydia de Vega, Elma Muros, Arsenia Sagaray, Erlinda Lavandia, who still competes and win honors in the Seniors Asian or World Track and Field championships, Hector Begeo, Isidro del Prado and Renato Uno, among others.
The most outstanding international and national athletes and sportsmen this year will also be honored by the Annual Kafagway Sports Achievers Awards spearheaded by the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.
Meanwhile, congratulations to the winning re-electionists in last Saturday’s BARP Foundation election for its Board of Trustees. The successful candidates who will serve another two year temr in the board are Monroe Taclawan, Cristeta Antonio, Tolentino Opiniano, Benigno Andam and Placido Abuan.
For added information, BARP will hold a Kapihan at the Philippine Information Agency on Sept. 11, 10am. The agenda include among others are the BARP’s SSS pension manifesto and the foundation’s Golden Years Festival to commemorate Elderly Filipino Week pursuant to a presidential proclamation by former president Fidel V. Ramos.
The BARP’s festival billed for October will feature free medical, dental and consultation service, lola and lola Filipino traditional games, Araw ng Parangal showcasing the 12 most outstanding senior citizens in the city in the field of spiritual-religious service, government service, education, medicine and health care, business and trade, tourism and culture, military/PNP service, social-civic service, journalism and sports and a pista sa Nayon.
The special events will be staged at the SM City Baguio. The foundation’s kapihan speakers are Prof. Federico Balanag, Tolentino Opiniano, Dr. Placido Abuan, Florentino Awingan and yours truly as chairman of the special events committee.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 07, 2013.