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Nacaya confirms P2-million for Olympic silver medalist Carlo Paalam


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – City Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya has confirmed that Olympic silver medalist, Carlo Paalam, is going to receive P2-million from the coffers of the City Government.

This, after the City Council during its 100th regular session has approved with finality the resolution authored and filed by administration City Councilor Roger Abaday.

The approval of said resolution by the 19th City Council was presided by Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin “Kikang” Uy.

Another resolution was approved by the City Council, which is also aimed at giving recognition to Cagayan de Oro’s boxing pride, giving him a distinguished plaque of merit for winning the silver medal in the men’s boxing flyweight division in the recently concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan.

Nacaya said that under Ordinance #2021-132, the cash incentive of Carlo Paalam amounting to P2 million will be taken from the 2021 annual budget as “awards/rewards expenses-sports incentives.”


The 23-year-old Paalam started his boxing career in Cagayan de Oro City when incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno opened the doors for budding athletes in boxing.

After the young boxer was mentored by the best boxing legends as a Philippine athlete, there is much improvement in Paalam’s style and strategy in boxing.

Now, the young pug not only uses his agility, power, and body conditioning, but he also uses smartness in mind to read the movements and maneuvers of his opponent before he executes his punching powers.


Decades ago in Cagayan de Oro, a very poor scavenger tried to salvage scrap metals, bottles, and all other garbage from the city residents at the city’s landfill in Upper Dagong, Carmen, just to make a living and feed the empty stomach.

Now, that scavenger is about to change his entire life into something extraordinary AFTER he bagged the silver medal in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Carlo Paalam, has shown the whole world that he is a delta force to reckon with in boxing after he had successfully demolished boxing foes during the battle for supremacy in boxing, participated in by the ‘best of the best’ in flyweight division.

The 23-year-old Paalam started his boxing career in Cagayan de Oro City, when incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno opened the doors for budding athletes in boxing.

His coach, Elmer Paasa, a former professional boxer in his prime turned coach, was very happy with the determination of his boxer. Pamisa also hails from barangay Carmen in Cagayan de Oro.

The coach said Paalam was a son of a bakery helper, and he always went around looking for discarded items that could provide him a few bucks.

“Nakita ko ‘yan, nangangalakal, namumulot ng basura sa amin, binebenta,” said Pamisa, who is also a decorated boxer who snatched a pair of silvers from the Southeast Asian Games during his prime, adding that” “Sabi ko, ‘Mag-boksing ka na lang, baka dito ka pa aasenso.”

The motivation of Pamisa made Paalam join boxing bouts in the city’s old amphitheater sponsored by Mayor Oscar Moreno – where the winner takes a measly P200 pesos and the loser P150.

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