MANILA, Philippines – The top performers in this year’s Palarong Pambansa are set to receive more than just trophies and medals after the private sector pitched in to give financial rewards to the winning athletes.
In a statement, the Department of Education said they have already received pledges in cash and kind amounting to over P2-million, which will be given as incentives to the top performing athletes.
There are also offers of scholarships for the athletes who stand out in selected games during the Palaro.
Donors from the private sector include Nestlé- Milo, Smart, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Philippine Airlines, Aboitiz Foundation, Ang-Hortaleza Foundation, Johnson & Johnson Philippines, San Miguel Foundation and the Ayala Foundation.
“This is another facet of public-private partnership, wherein we don’t just build classrooms for them, we also help build their character through sports development,” Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said in the statement.
Luistro said that giving incentives to the athletes will encourage them to push harder towards achieving their goals. “Reward comes to those who work for it,” he said.
The 2013 Palarong Pambansa will be held at the Governor Mariano Perdices Sports Complex in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental from April 21 to 27.
Over 10,000 elementary and secondary students from public and private schools nationwide will compete in the event.