Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MOA for 2016 Palarong Pambansanow Inked by DepEd and Albay

The Department of Education (DepEd) signs an agreement with the provincial government ofAlbay—the host of the2016 PalarongPambansa in Legazpi City—stipulating the duties and responsibilities of both parties to ensure a well-managed and professionally-run annual national sporting event.

DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said this year’s staging of the Palaro will have many “firsts.”  “I want to highlight that this is Albay’s firstever hosting of the Palaro. This is also the first time that 18 regions will take action -- not theusual 17 regions --because of the participation of   the Negros Island Region,” he explained.

Luistro added that this is also the first time that the Palaro will be conducted following very specific provisions of the law.”

Based on the Republic Act No. 10588 also known as the PalarongPambansa Act of 2013, the elementary level would have to compete in 15 games and the secondary with 17 games and four (4) demonstration sports, namely Futsal, Wushu, Billiards and Wrestling. In addition, four special games will also be conducted for our special athletes.

Participated in by elementary and secondary students from public and private schools nationwide, the annual sporting event will be held at the Bicol University, Legazpi City from April 10 to 16, 2016.

“We are institutionalizing this sports program to   ensure that we are developing athletes that are of international caliber,” Luistro pointed out. Together with   the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the provincial government  of Albay, DepEd will see to it that  the standards are at international level and that the coaching staff, the technical officials as well as the playing venues conform to international standards,” the education chief said.

Albay Governor Joey Salceda responded by stating the province’s readiness and eagerness to host the Palaro.

“We want to show that it will be a joyful Palaro. It's something that celebrates the spirit of national unity, especially in Albay. Sigurokungmayroonisangbagay to define Albay, it is our resiliency orability to recover from adversity—nakahit may bagyongayon, paggisingmokinabukasan, ni-isangpirasongkahoywalakangmakikitasadaan. Gusto naming ipakitanaangisangbayan, no matter how modest, no matter how  limited its  capacity, will still have the unity and ability  to host the Palaro,” Salceda shared.


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