Benguet Rep. Eric Go Yap Tuesday effected the release of incentives for 345 winning athletes and coaches in the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association meet last April in Apayao at the Department of Education – Cordillera covered court. Yap’s chief of staff Kevin Sy, DepEd – Cordillera director Estella Carino and Tublay Mayor Armando Lauro distributed envelopes containing cash for the winning athletes who helped Benguet place third in the annual event ruled by Baguio anew.

Benguet finished with 47- 81-72 gold-silver-bronze medals which came short of the target of second over-all. That
distinction went to Apayao for the second straight year by churning in 53-57-94 behind mighty Baguio’s 206-102-60.
Yap fulfilled his promise of doubling the province’s incentives during the send off in April in an effort to raise the
morale of the athletes and work to beat Apayao in the latter’s home turf. Sy said that Yap made sure that each athlete will get substantial incentive that players of team events will receive “enough” and not just divide among themselves a team’s incentive.

He also said that this could motivate them to aim higher in the Palarong Pambansa early next month that will be held in Cebu. The athletes were then treated to a burger and drink. The last CARAA saw Abra finishing fourth (14-26-44), followed by Ifugao (13-28-44). Tabuk City (10-14-32) edged mother province Kalinga (9-26- 51) while Mountain Province is dead last with a 4-19-37 haul. Carino, meanwhile, said that two provinces are eager to host next year’s CARAA. It will be between Benguet and Abra but she favors the former because it will be held before the May elections and the latter is known as a political hot spot.

Sy said the swimming pool will be finished by the first quarter of next year in time for the CARAA, while Benguet also
boasts of the best sporting facilities that include the tartan track and the Benguet Sports Complex as well as the Olympic sized swimming pool.

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