DAGUPAN CITY — Winners in the just concluded Region 1 Athletic Association Meet held in San Carlos City and their respective coaches were given cash incentives by the city government as prizes for winning first runner-up, the first time in the meet’s history.

Schools Division officer-in-charge Froserfina J. Bravo and Mayor Belen T. Fernandez led the awarding of cash incentives to athletes who won in their respective events during a victory party tendered for them at the CSI Stadia on March 2.

An incentive of P3,000 for every gold medal, P1,200 for every silver, and P800 for every bronze medal that they won was awarded to the athletes 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. 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 R1AA with 44 gold, 38 silver, 38 bronze medals, next to the back-to-back overall winner, Pangasinan 2.

Dagupan ranked seventh in the 2015 R1AA meet held in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

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.

Before receiving their cash incentives, the athletes held a motorcade with Mayor Fernandez along Dagupan’s downtown area to celebrate their victory. PNA/northboundasia.com