The provincial government of Negros Oriental is this year’s host of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa, the country’s biggest sporting event that aims to develop world-class athletes.
Participated in by elementary and secondary students from public and private schools nationwide, the annual sporting event will be held at the Don Mariano Perdices Memorial Coliseum in Dumaguete City from April 21 to 27, 2013.
Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC and Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo signed on Friday the memorandum of understanding that stipulates the duties and responsibilities of both parties to ensure a well-managed and professionally-run Palaro.
“Yung Palaro ay marami siyang aspeto, hindi lamang ito yung games mismo. Pero yung ating tinututukan sa DepEd at sa bawat Palaro ay kalimutan niyo na ang lahat h’wag lang kalimutan ang ating mga atleta. Siguraduhin natin sa Palaro, ang star dito ay yung mga atleta,” said Luistro.
Based on DepEd Memo No. 4 series of 2013, the events played in the 2012 Palarong Pambansa and the related technical guidance shall remain in effect unless amended.
However, three more events will be added as demonstration sports this year. These are wushu for secondary boys and girls, billiards for secondary boys and futsal for elementary girls.
Luistro said the additional sporting events is consistent with DepEd’s policy to work closely with the Philippine Sports Commission in promoting sports where Filipinos have a greater chance of excelling in the world sporting arena.
He also emphasized the values that the athletes get from competing in a sports competition such as Palaro. “Ang ating mga atleta ay hindi lamang nakikipagpaligsahan sa isa’t isa at hindi lamang ang makakamit ng gintong medalya ang dapat isipin. Ang pinakamahalaga po ay lumalakas ang ating katawan at ang ating disiplina para makamit natin ang inaasam-asam na pangarap. Hindi man tayo manalo, dapat maitatak sa isip at puso ng mga atleta na hindi naman nasa medalya ang pagpapanalo, ito ay nandoon sa papaano natin tunay na isinulong ang ating mga hinaharap sa buhay.”
DepEd is the lead agency in the conduct of the annual Palarong Pambansa to promote physical education and sports as an integral part of learning. It hopes to develop and mold a holistic youth who are socially responsible and globally-competitive.