WARM WELCOME. Mati City Mayor Michelle Rabat (center) welcomes the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) sepak takraw bronze medalists Allyssa Bandoy and Mary Melody Taming on Friday (January 3) at her office. The two athletes will receive PHP25,000 each as incentive from the local government. (Photo courtesy of Mati CIO)

DAVAO CITY -- Two sepak takraw athletes from Mati City, Davao Oriental, who won medals during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) received PHP25,000 each as incentive from the local government.

Bronze medalists Allyssa Bandoy and Mary Melody Taming were welcomed by Mayor Michelle Rabat on Friday and informed them of the cash incentive from the city government.

Mati City information officer Ben Jason Tesiorna told Philippine News Agency that the cash will be given next week.

"It might be given to their parents for these athletes will be returning to Manila on January 7," Tesiorna said.

Meanwhile, Rabat thanked the two athletes for bringing pride to Mati City in the field of sports.

"Two bronze medals are enough to bring honor to the city since what is important is their experience in competing in the international sports arena while bringing the name of not just the Philippines but that of the City of Mati as well," she said.

Aside from competing in the SEA Games, Bandoy and Taming also competed in the Arafura Games and the Sepaktakraw Asia Championship in China and also brought home bronze medals.

Rabat urged the two Matinian athletes to keep striving and bringing pride to Mati City, while at the same time inspiring the youth to get involved in sports.

Bandoy and Taming thanked the city government of Mati and vowed to work harder to bring more pride to the Filipinos and Mati in particular. (PNA)