July 19, 2024

■  Ofelia C. Empian 

Winning athletes from Benguet received cash incentives for their excellent performances in the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (Caraa) Meet 2024 in Luna, Apayao.

The Office of Rep. Eric Yap led the gi-ving of incentives to the 345 athletes who bagged gold, silver, and bronze medals during the regional sports meet held at the Apayao Eco-Tourism and Sports Complex.

CASH INCENTIVES — A total of 345 athletes from Benguet who won medals during the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association Meet 2024 in Apayao received cash incentives from the Office of Rep. Eric Yap represented by Chief of Staff Kevin See and Tublay Mayor Armand Lauro during the event graced by DepEd-Cordillera Director Estela Cariño on June 11. — Ofelia Empian

The athletes who won gold medals received P2,000 each while the silver medalists received P1,200, and P1,000 for bronze medalists in the individual sports events.

Aside from the individual sports, athletes in group games also received cash incentives individually.  

Office of the Cong-ressman Chief of Staff Kevin See said aside from the cash incentives, their office is bent on improving the Benguet Sports Complex in Wangal, La Trinidad.

See said the construction of the Olympic-size swimming pool and the Aquatic Center at the complex is underway, which will help improve the performance of athletes in future swimming events. 

“The congressman’s investment for you is an investment for the future of the province,” See said to the young athletes who were accompanied by their coaches and parents.

He assured the athletes, who will advance to the Palarong Pambansa in Cebu City, that the lawmaker will continue to support them in the national games slated at the end of the month.

The event was also graced by Tublay Mayor Armand Lauro, who also represented Yap during the event, as well as Department of Education-Cordillera Director Estela Cariño.

Lauro has urged the athletes to continue striving to be the best in their sports events, which will not only get them far in school but also in life.

He said sports could also pave the way for scholarships in college through being a varsity player.

“Grab the opportunity while it is there because it comes only once. Listen to your coaches, hone your skills; sports is a stepping stone which will open up opportunities for you,” Lauro said.

Cariño lauded Yap and the provincial government for their continued support to the student-athletes, whom she encouraged them to be champions in their respective sports.

The Benguet Stingers retained their third-place finish during the Caraa Meet 2024 with 50 gold, 91 silver, and 89 bronze medals.