City receives 2018 Batang Pinoy prize

Cebu City Mayor Edgar C. Labella (second from right) holds the Memorandum of Agreement that stipulates how to use the cash prize given by the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) as reward for winning second place in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals in Baguio City. Commissioner Ramon S. Fernandez (right), who represented the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) handed the P2.5M cash award to the Mayor. Also present during the turnover were Cebu City councilor Dondon Hontiveros and City Attorney Rey Gealon.

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CEBU CITY, Philippines – PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez personally handed the P2.5M  cash prize to the Team Cebu City Ninos to Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for winning second place overall in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals in Baguio City.

“We (also) signed the Memorandum of Agreement with Mayor Labella just today, Oct. 7, 2019, for the cash prize of P2.5M to the Team Cebu City Ninos for their second-place finish in the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Finals in Baguio City,” the former 4-time PBA MVP said.

Stated in the MOA were the implementing rules and guidelines on how to disburse the money, which is basically intended for the grassroots development programs of Cebu City.

To be delivered soon is another P2.5M cash award for Cebu City for finishing second in the Batang Pinoy 2019 National Finals in Puerto Princesa, Palawan last August.

The Cebu City Sports Commission now has P12.5M additional funding for its grassroots development program. The P10M cash was given last year for winning the overall title in the Philippines National Games in 2018.

Another important matter that Commissioner Fernandez and Mayor Labella had discussed is the upcoming construction of P50M worth of multi-story multi-purpose building that PSC will donate as an additional training facility to Cebu City.

“Dondon (Hontiveros) proposed that since there is a 2-hectare allocated for sports facilities at the South Reclamation Properties, we might build it (the P50M building) there because the Cebu City Sports Center is already too congested and another construction there is no longer advisable. Mayor Labella asked Dondon to work on its details the soonest possible time,” added Com. Fernandez.

PSC, through the efforts of Commissioner Fernandez, has allocated P50M for the construction of a 3-story multi-purpose training facility that was supposed to be built at the side of the grandstand at the CCSC.  Fernandez, however, noted that based on the estimates of PSC engineers, P50M is only good for a 3-story building because of the cost of the foundation.

“It is now up to Cebu City to give more funds to make it a high rise building. Based on the estimate of PSC P50M may not be enough because of the cost of the foundation, especially if they will build it in SRP which is a reclaimed area,” Fernandez continued.

With the granting of the 2-hectare lot for sports facilities at the SRP, PSC will have to revise the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which Mayor Labella will sign together with PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez.

Also present during the turnover were Hontiveros and City Attorney Rey Gealon.  /RCM

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