A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Education (DepEd) and Province of Pangasinan followed by presscon on the 2012 Palarong Pambansa was held last March 14 at the Bulawagan ng Karunungan at DepEd Complex.
As Palarong Pambansa gears up to promote physical education as integral to the Basic Education Curriculum where the school vouch to develop students to be responsible and globally competitive even in the spirit of sports. The MOU outlines the respective roles and responsibilities of DepEd and the province of Pangasinan on the conduct of the sports events.
Present on the MOU signing were Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq., DepEd Assist. Sec. and Secretary General of the Pambansang Palaro, Ligaya Solenad Miguel DepEd Director, Rizalino Rivera, DepEd Usec. of Reg. Operations, Pangasinan Vice Gov. Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, and headed by DepEd Secreatry Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC and Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
With the pronouncement, "Expect a Clean and Green 2012 Palarong Pamabansa!" Bro. Armin Lusitro, put a stress on playing clean games where no cheating of any matter is allowed. Being a venue for value formation, it is important above all that sports in Palaro teaches athletes not just the value of winning but more the discipline, safety and cleanliness out of the whole event.
On another note to cleanliness, emphasized also was pursuing what they have started at last year's Palaro in Dapitan. A plead for an eco-friendly event, where they banned plastic cups and spoons or fork. Instead they had the delegates bring their own eating utensils. This year, still no Styrofoam or plastics when preparing food.
Another aspect of having a fair and clean sports event is the assurance that issues on the past Palaro pertaining the eligibility of an athlete have been dealt well. According to Usec. Tonisito Umali, DepEd have been strict that all records are checked even that of the dental, the physical, mental and emotional aspects of every participants are examined.
With these they are appealing to those concerned that those from the local districts from schools down to the coaches, will be found accountable for their every actions.
A benchmark for the future! Palarong Pambansa would be one good leverage for us Filipino citizens and the world that indeed our nation is changing , for the better. So let us all be witnesses to this year's 2012 Palarong Pambansa which is youth friendly and environment-friendly!