It is only right that achievements of residents of a community when competing in national-level contests out of town should be honored, and possibly rewarded. Whether it is an athlete or a sports team, a talent show contestant or group, or even beauty queens, commemoration of their deeds from their hometown will be greatly appreciated. Ideally, not even the onset of a major emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic causing quarantines and community lockdowns should stop LGUs from honoring their resident achievers. So it was that GenSan’s high-school science wizards and their coaches got their time in the sun almost a year after their national victories.

The General Santos City Local Government Unit not only honored high schools that sent contestants to participate in several National Science Competitions early last 2020 (and win), but they also gave generous cash incentives to the students in question and their coaches. This was reported by LGU-GenSan on their Facebook page. At the Mayor’s Conference Room in GenSan City Hall on Tuesday, January 26, student teams from Gen. Santos City Hope Christian School (GSCHCS) and Notre Dame of Dadiangas University – Integrated Basic Education Department (NDDU-IBED) met GenSan Mayor Ronnel Rivera and representatives of the city Youth and Development Office (YADO).

The cash incentives awarded were in accordance with GSC Ordinance No. 1 Series of 2017, the Awards for Children and Youth Excellence Program (ACYEP). During the commendation ceremony, Mayor Rivera lauded the student scientists and their coaches, with accompanying messages from Hon. John Demdam and Rosalita Nuñez, plus YADO division head Sahara C. Flora. Cash incentives worth P10,000 were awarded to Jon Michael Biñas, Alcedrei Bangcola, Aeril Villanueva, Cassey Ysabelle Tan, John Michael Biñas, Dolorico Mejorada, and Dave Villa. They were champions at the January 2020 National College of Science and Technology Aguinaldo Highway, and the 17th National Science Quest in Baguio City, February 2020.

There were also students in the delegation that won second place in the above competitions. They received incentives of P7,500. Finally, the third-place contestants and school coaches all got P5,000, in accordance with the regulations of ACYEP. All present at the City Mayor’s Office Conference Room for the event wore facemasks, and some face shields, in accordance with standing health and safety protocols against COVID.

Image: LGU-GenSan official Facebook page

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