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Tarlac prepares for 2010 ‘Palarong Pambansa’

October 7, 2009 10:39 am

SAN JOSE, Tarlac, Oct. 7 — It’s all systems go for next year’s Tarlac hosting of the "Palarong Pambansa", one of the biggest sports spectacle in the country.

The Department of Education (DepEd) Region 3, together with some concerned government agencies, held a two-day workshop recently in preparation for this sporting event slated on April 2010.

DepEd Region III Director Mario Ramirez, DepEd Tarlac Superintendent Victoria Aguas, Tarlac DepEd Sports Coordinator Cecilia Reyes, the Philippine National Police, other DepEd-Tarlac officials and concerned capitol and city hall department heads attended the workshop and came up with a “Tarlac Province Management Guide” that will lead to the next year’s Palaro games.

Different committees were created for a smooth preparation of this biggest sporting event.

The ceremonial/social and cultural as well as billeting and technical support will be supervised directly by the DepEd.

The Tarlac provincial government, on the other hand, will take charge of the logistics and other services; publicity, marketing and special events; civic participation and infrastructure and engineering

Volunteers will also be tapped for the civic preparation committee which will oversee the welcome arches, food production, hosting of delegations, agro-industrial fair and participation in other socio-cultural activities.

Tarlac provincial sports coordinator Rolando Brillantes said that the preparation for next year’s national games will kick-off this month with a press conference to be held in Manila and will last up to the day of the Palaro’s opening.

A secretariat was also created to act as the liaison, provide general information and to coordinate with all working committees and all regional delegations.

Officials of the DepEd said that they expect around 10,000 delegates from the 17 regions that will participate in the Palarong Pambansa.

“This will be a gargantuan task but with Governor Victor Yap and our DepEd officials around, we could accomplish this with flying colors,” Brillantes said.

The Palarong Pambansa is an annual national scholastic sports competition conducted by the DepEd.

Participants are student athletes from elementary and secondary levels, public and private educational institutions. (PNA)

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