AGAIN AFTER 16 YEARS
After 16 years, the province will again have the honor of hosting the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest annual sporting event in the country sponsored by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Education Secretary Armin Luistro made the announcement last week following ocular inspections conducted by DepEd officials and a bid presentation by the contending provinces and once city on November 17 in Manila.
Governor Amado Espino, Jr., assisted by Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, made the presentation for Pangasinan, stressing the province’s available facilities, experience in hosting other national and international events, and readiness to host the games.
Pangasinan recently hosted the 3rd National MILO Little Olympics.
Espino, whose administration aims to make Pangasinan the sports center in northern Luzon, expressed elation over the DepEd’s decision.
The other bidders during the final presentation were the province of Laguna and Marikina City. Earlier contenders Isabela, Oriental Mindoro and Albay withdrew.
Pangasinan hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1995 during the term of President Fidel Ramos who built the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
At that time, Espino was the Police Provincial Director and was then appointed as Palarong Pambansa Task Force Commander.
The Palarong Pambansa features various sporting events for under-18 student athletes, the winners of which usually move on to represent the country in international games.
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA—The province of Pangasinan will be this year’s host of the Palarong Pambansa, a week-long sporting event that brings together the country’s aspiring athletes from elementary and secondary schools.
Palarong Pambansa, which is organized and funded by the Department of Education (DepEd), will be held from May 6 to 12. It will be the second year that the sporting event would have environmentalism as a core theme.
As such, DepEd will require food caterers to avoid using plastic utensils and styrofoam plates and containers. There will be environment-related activities during the entire event to encourage athletes, coaches, and spectators in committing to the campaign.
Among the sports included in this year's competition are athletics, arnis, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, and volleyball.
Sporting events for the differently-abled are also included, such as goalball, aquatics, bocce, long jump, shot put, and the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dash.
Most these sporting events will be held at the Narciso Ramos Sports Center in Lingayen, though there will be activities held in the cities of San Carlos, Bugallon, Binmaley, and Dagupan City.
At least 10,000 athletes, coaches, and sports experts from all 17 provinces will participate this year.
Education chief Armin Luistro said that the Palarong Pambansa is one of the most special sporting events in the Philippines as it encourages early development of would-be world athletes.
Winners of Palarong Pambansa are mostly absorbed by different national sports associations who train them for professional athletic competitions both locally and abroad.
“It (Palarong Pambansa) should be made to last for years so that many athletes can use it for a continuous sports program. When we say total human development, we mean to develop persons who are physically fit, socially responsible and globally competitive,” said Luistro.
DepEd has allocated P136.5 million for the 2012 Palarong Pambansa.