The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Friday that Palarong Pambansa 2015 will start on May 4 (instead of May 3) in Tagum City, Davao del Norte to support boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s bout against Floyd Mayweather on Sunday.
DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said that all necessary arrangements have been secured.
“Every year, we aim to make the Palarong Pambansa a special event highlighting what the Filipino youth can showcase to the world in the field of sports,” Luistro said.
Luistro also added that this year’s Palarong Pambansa will continue to be clean, green and high-tech.
“More than the equipment we set up to showcase a high-tech Palaro, the sporting event will display Filipino core values such as honesty and fair play and will put equal emphasis on environmental concern.”
Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario assured DepEd that the province is ready to host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa, and implemented a gun ban in the province for the duration of the games.
“We were able to secure the PNP’s order for a gun ban in the province from April 20 to May 10,” del Rosario.
All delegations from 17 regions have arrived and are now settled in their respective billeting quarters.
The Palarong Pambansa is DepEd’s way of promoting physical education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education Curriculum and as an affirmation to its commitment to develop the potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally competitive citizens.
Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Tonisito Umali, assisted by the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS), shall spearhead the event.
The TFSS shall provide technical management, secretariat/staff and operational services.