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Fight sport pros in Mindanao get financial aide from GAB, DSWD

More than 200 combat sport fighters and officials in Mindanao got much needed help from GAB and DSWD. GAB
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Combat sportsmen based in key Mindanao cities got some much needed financial assistance from the Games and Amusements Board and Department of Social Welfare and Development over the weekend.

GAB chairman Baham Mitra and DSWD assistant secretary Jade Jamolod first handed financial aide to 59 people consisting of boxing, mixed martial arts, and muay thai athletes and officials in Davao City on Friday.

Bong Go, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, even donated bicycles and relief goods to the fight sport practitioners.

Mitra expressed his gratitude to Go for helping the athletes during the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Then on Sunday, another 166 people, mostly boxing pugs and officials, got their own "ayuda" on Sunday in General Santos, the Philippines' top boxing hotbed.

Joining Mitra and Jamolod in GenSan were DSWD Region 12 director Joel Espejo and deputy Bonifacio Selma.

Each boxer and official in the said city got PHP5,000 and relief goods from GAB and DSWD.

Due to the pandemic, combat sports events have been stalled.

But with Davao City and GenSan already under modified general community quarantine, the said cities can now host fight cards provided health protocols will be enforced.

Mitra and Jamolod are set to go to Cagayan De Oro sometime this week to provide more assistance to combat sport athletes.

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