Rep. Uy co-authors bill seeking to immortalize Pinoy Olympians

By : Mindanao Today/09:02:18pm 09/08/2021


Cagayan de Oro 1st District Rep. Rolando 'Klarex' Uy.

CAGAYAN de Oro City 1st District Rep. Rolando “Klarex” A. Uy has proposed through a proposed law to immortalize Filipinos who “fought another war” for the Philippines in the Olympics and ensure that they will be taken care of in the future in recognition for the honor they brought for the country.       

Uy co-authored House Bill 10096 or An Act Memorializing the Heroism of Filipino Olympians, Establishing for the Purpose an Olympian Memorial and other Modes of Commemoration, and Appropriating Funds Therefor.

“Our Filipino athletes who fought for our country in the Olympics must be accorded their due, as heroes, who raised high our pride, honor and glory as a nation,” he said.

The representative of the city’s first congressional district explained that the proposed law includes every Olympians in recent history, not just those who brought home medals.

This is to encourage the youth to take up sports as a way out of poverty and become Olympians.

“Take for example Carlo Paalam. As a youth, he scavenged for scraps at our public garbage dump just so he can have something to sell to help his family. But his fists talked another language. And look where he is now. He brought home to us a silver medal from the Olympics,” he said.

Carlo Paalam is the second Kagay-anon who represented the country in Olympics boxing after Mariano M. Velez, Jr., who competed in the men’s Welterweight Division in the 1948 Summer Olympics. Paalam won the silver medal in the men’s Flyweight Division and became the first Kagay-anon to bring home an Olympic medal.

“Let’s give back to and do something for our Olympians. This is the least we can do for them in recognition of their heroic efforts in raising our country’s flag in the Olympics through the years,” the lawmaker said.

Giving importance to our Olympians is a small price to pay for their deeds in uniting the country, even for a short time and raising our Filipino pride and honor in the world’s stage for eternity, he added.

One of the salient features of the bill is the establishment of the Philippine Olympian Memorial and the Olympic Museum – a fitting and permanent commemoration of our Olympians’ sweat, tears and blood while representing the Philippines in the Olympics.

“The seemingly insurmountable challenges they went through just to be the top of their game and be our representatives seeking that still elusive Olympic Gold must be recognized, memorialized, and should forever be etched in our national consciousness now and for generations to come,” the congressman said, adding that this is also encourage young people to aspire for greater heights in sports. (PR)

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