A meeting was held at Bay Laguna sometime last week to finalize some details for the 2014 Palarong Pambansa. Officials form the Department of Education (DepEd) discussed the logistical requirements for regional the delegates such as food and billeting quarters. The Palaro is said to come about on May 4 – 10 at Sta Rosa, Laguna.
“I am reminding everyone to be sensitive to cultural and religious needs as this is a national event,” Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro FSC said. “Halal food, for example, must be made available to those who require it. “
Every year, athletes from across our regions anticipate this event, and every year issues arise but it have never hampered the spirit of the officials behind the yearly success of the event. Bro. Armin Luistro made sure himself that all the needs of the athletes are prioritized and their safety establish. I have been a constant witness to this, as having been part of the media coverage of Palaro since 2011. The secretary and even the top officials will be ever present and seeing all the issues will be met correspondingly.
The Palaro will be participated by almost 10,000 athletes from 17 regions, who will stay in Laguna for one week. The student athletes will be billeted in public schools near the venue, which were inspected Wednesday by the directors and sports coordinators of each region. The schools will be upgraded with the help of the host local government unit (LGU).
“The usual improvements that our schools undergo for Palaro are the installation of screens in classroom windows as well as a renovation of the bathroom facilities,” Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, Palarong Pambansa Secretary General, explained. “For schools in the host province, this is a quick ‘Brigada Eskwela’ that results in an upgrade of their physical facilities.”
Luistro, meanwhile, reistated the coaches and chaperones about the DepEd’s Child Protection Policy: “From the time they leave your province, through Palaro, and until they return they are under our care. Make sure that an adult is always present to supervise them,” adding that any decision regional officials make must take into consideration the welfare of the students, especially the younger ones.
The DepEd Secretary also asked everyone to continue the “Clean as you go” and garbage segregation policy for delegates. “Leave the host school cleaner than when you arrived.”
Palarong Pambansa is an annual event showcasing and promoting sportsmanship of Filipino learners. In May 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10588 or Palarong Pambansa Law institutionalizing the said event. This year’s Palaro is the first Palarong Pambansa under RA 10588.
So see you on May! And do visit this site more often for updates regarding this year’s Palarong Pambansa.