EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Friday said the Department of Education (DepEd) is still working on the final details of this year’s Palarong Pambansa to ensure that identity, cultural and linguistic diversity, tradition and religions —and even food for regional delegates—shall be respected.
“I am reminding everyone to be sensitive to cultural and religious needs as this is a national event,” Luistro said. “Halal food, for example, must be made available to those who require it.”
This year’s Palaro will be held in Sta. Cruz town, Laguna province from May 4 to May 10. An estimated 10,000 athletes from 17 regions are expected to join the event.
“The usual improvements that our schools undergo for Palaro are the installation of screens in classroom windows as well as a renovation of the bathroom facilities,” Tonisito Umali, DepEd assistant secretary for legal and legislative affairs, explained.
“For schools in the host province, this is a quick ‘Brigada Eskwela’ that results in an upgrade of their physical facilities,” Umali, the Palaro secretary general, added.
Luistro, meanwhile, reminded coaches and chaperones about the DepEd’s Child Protection Policy: “From the time they leave your province, through Palaro, and until they return they are under our care. Make sure that an adult is always present to supervise them.”
Luistro also asked everyone to continue the “Clean as you go” and garbage segregation policy for delegates.
“Leave the host school cleaner than when you arrived,” the DepEd chief added.