Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Palarong Pambansa 2014 Will Be Held in Laguna

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Laguna was chosen as the venue of the Palarong Pambansa 2014. The Department of Education (DepEd) and Provincial Government of Laguna already signed an agreement to conduct this year's Palarong Pambansa.

Governor Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito Jr. of Laguna and Secretary of Education Armin Luistro signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  which contains the duties and responsibilities of the Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) and DepEd for running the Palarong Pambansa.

The MOU was signed at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City last January 11, 2014. DepEd Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Tonisito M.C. Umali, and other DepEd representatives welcomed the delegation from Laguna composed of Governor Ejercito, his wife Pagsanjan Mayor Girlie “Maita” Ejercito; Provincial Administrator Atty. Leonardo M. Ragaza, Jr.; Office of the Governor’s Chief-of-Staff Carlos F. Dolendo; board members of Laguna; and PGL department heads.

The Palarong Pambansa sporting event started way back in 1948. Palaro is now the premier national sporting event of the country under the recently passed Palarong Pambansa Institutionalization Law. DepEd is the lead agency in the conduct of the annual Palarong Pambansa in coordination with the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC) and its National Sports Associations (NSA).

The program aims to promote physical education and sports as an integral part of learning, and hopes to develop and to mold a holistic youth who are socially responsible and globally-competitive.

Laguna will be the first host to the first Palarong Pambansa under the recently passed Palarong Pambansa Institutionalization Law or Republic Act 10588.

Palarong Pambansa is scheduled on May 4-10, 2014. Elementary and secondary students from different public and private schools nationwide are expected to participate on this big event.

A total of 21 sports events will be conducted in the said national game including archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu.

The Province of Laguna has already initiated the ground works on its nine-hectare Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, rehabilitating 60 surrounding schools as billeting quarters, in preparation of the Palarong Pambansa 2014 and approaching every major stakeholder to get on board.

Palarong Pambansa 2014 set to welcome around 17,000 young athletes, coaches and officials from the 17 regions of the Philippines who will compete in the 19 sports activities with 399 athletic events to be held for 7 days.

“The Palarong Pambansa in Laguna will be the benchmark for future Palarong Pambansa,” Ejercito said.

The Secretary who had very fond memories in visiting Laguna, expressed his desire for a clean and green Palaro, reiterating the Clean and Green Policy that had been in place since the 2011 Palarong Pambansa. “May pangarap ako para sa Palarong Pambansa na naipasok namin sa mga nakaraang Palaro—ang pangangalaga sa kalikasan, an eco-friendly Palaro. Alam po namin na maraming basura pagkatapos ng bawat Palaro at ang kalikasan at kalinisan ng bawat bayan ay kailangang panatilihin.”

PBA star player James Yap and boxing champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao may be the guests on the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa 2014.

The 2014 Palaro will also feature new spectacles such as the demonstration sports Wushu for Secondary boys and girls and Billiards for Secondary boys. This year will also see Olympic Wrestling make its debut.

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