DAGUPAN CITY – Winners in the just concluded Region 1 Athletic Association Meet in San Carlos City and their respective coaches were given cash incentives by the city government as their prizes for nailing down for Dagupan the first runner-up honor for only the first time in history of the meet.
Schools Division Superintendent officer-in-charge Froserfina J. Bravo and Mayor Belen T. Fernandez led the awarding of cash incentives to the athletes who won in their respective events during a victory party tendered for the athletes at the CSI Stadia on March 2.
The city's athletes received P3,000 for every gold medal, P1,200 for every silver, and P800 for every bronze medal that they won while their coaches received P3,000 each.
“This is a sweet victory for us. We were able to prove that we did the right thing in supporting our athletes," said a jubilant Mayor Fernandez.
"We will further encourage our children to go into sports and we will be allocating P3 million more for our sports program so that our athletes will be more inspired to become number 1 over-all in the R1AA and to double the incentives for our coaches,” added Fernandez.
For the first time, the Balon Dagupan team finished second best in the over-all official ranking in the Region 1 Athletic Association Meet held in San Carlos City, Pangasinan with 44 gold, 38 silver, 38 bronze medals, placing second in the standing to back-to-back overall winner, Pangasinan 2.
From number seven in the 2015 R1AA meet held in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Dagupan climbed to number two over-all this year in its most phenomenal performance ever.
Dagupan City was declared champion in the elementary level with 20 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze medals and first runner-up in the secondary level with 24 gold, 21 silver and 20 bronze medals.
Paulo Rioflorido, Sean Iverson Fabiana and Janela Lin each earned seven gold medals in swimming and brought home P21,000 each as their cash incentives.
1st DCAA WINNERS
Meanwhile, the winners in the 1st Dagupan City Athletic Association were also formally announced during the same victory party at CSI Stadia.
Topping the list in the elementary level was District II with 32 gold, 24 silver and 28 bronze; fist runner up, District III; second runner up, District IV; third runner up, District I and fourth runner up, Private Schools.
On the other hand, the Dagupan City National High School, topped the secondary level with 36 gold, 13 silver and 19 bronze; first runner up, Bonuan Boquig National High School; second runner up, St. Albert the Great School; third runner up, Judge Jose De Venecia Memorial National High School; and fourth runner up, Carael National High School. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/March 3, 2016)