LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Professional boxers here who were denied of livelihood in the past six months got a reprieve from a boxing aficionado, promoter cum philanthropist from Thailand.
Some 37 professional boxers from the Highland Boxing Gym here received bags of goodies that include five kilos of rice, two dozens eggs, and grocery items as assistance from Naris Singwangcha.
They were the second batch of Singwangcha’s beneficiaries, all professional boxers, who could not make a living since the community lockdown started last March 17 due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
The 37 fighters were supposed to be included in the list of social amelioration program (SAP) beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) coursed by the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), to assist prizefighters deprived of work due to the pandemic.
While the two SAP batches were received by boxers from other areas in the Philippines, those who are based here did not receive it.
“This will be a very big help for them as they have not been fighting the past months and denied of their livelihood,” said Highland owner Brico Santig, who help facilitate Singwangcha’s assistance.
“Nagutom todo-todo ang mga boxers natin (Our boxers were starved),” Santig said, who was able to come home middle of August after more than five months of getting stuck in Manila.
“Now they have something to weather the pandemic,” he added. (PNA)