Olympic Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz with Asia Leaders

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True to his words and commitment, Congressman Mikee Romero personally handed over to the first ever Olympic Gold medalist of the Philippines, Hidilyn Diaz, the P3 million check, for winning the first ever Olympic gold medal for the Philippines. She got the gold for competing in Weightlifting in the Women’s 55kg category.

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(PIC of Hidilyn Diaz receiving the check from Cong. Romero above)
Hidilyn Diaz receives P3M additional incentive from Congressman Mikee Romero

It will be recalled that Congressman Romero committed an additional P3 million, P2 million and P1 million incentive for gold, silver and bronze Filipino medalist/s in this year’s Olympics. He announced this last July 20 before the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.

He took this initiative to be able to add motivation to our competing athletes and this is out of his own company’s expense.

As we know, Congressman Romero is the richest lawmaker in the land and 46th in the Forbes magazine list of wealthiest Filipinos in 2020 with a net worth of US$135 million or P6.5 billion. Aside from being a lawmaker, Romero is also the chairman and president of Globalport 900, Inc.

A sportsman himself and a true supporter of the Filipino athletes, Congressman Romero also reiterated the call for the establishment of a Department of Sports to support athletes in their careers.

He said, “Our athletes need to train outside of the Philippines because we don’t have enough infrastructure and facilities. With the Department of Sports, it will have the mandate to put as many infrastructures as possible.”

He is yet to award the P2M and P1M incentive to Silver medallist Nesthy Petecio, boxing, women’s feather and Bronze medallist Eumir Marcial, boxing, men’s middle, respectively.

(PIC of Congressman Mikee initiatives)

For his efforts and countless initiatives to help the people, either in Congress and as an individual, Congressman Mikee Romero has recently been chosen by American Association of the Philippines, to join its roster of “Profiles in Excellence” as an Outstanding athlete, Entrepreneur, and Public Servant award. He will also be one of the honouree in this year’s Asia Leaders Awards to be held this November, 2021.

Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) is the largest business awards event in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It is only the recognition giving body whose awards committee is composed of respected leaders from different organizations and embassies.

It’s main objective is to promote the Philippines as a premier business hub and destination in Asia. One with this goal are the ALA major sponsors, Alfamart, Asian Tigers Mobility, AsiaPrime Corporation, Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc., Fredley Group of Companies, Frontrow Enterprise, Grab, Jollibee Group, and J&T Express.

For more information about Asia Leaders Awards, visit Facebook.com/AsiaLeadersAwards

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