2010 Palaro a huge success – DepEd

April 25, 2010 12:41 pm 

MANILA, April 25 — The Department of Education (DepEd) has billed the 2010 edition of the annual Palarong Pambansa in Tarlac as one of its most successful sports events in recent history.

DepEd Secretary Mona D. Valisno said the Palarong Pambansa 2010 has left a hallmark in Philippine sports history with 25 new records set, wider participation in special games for people with disability (PWD), real-time online reporting of results, no heat-related injuries, and no allegations of cheating or any irregularity.

“We are proud to announce that 13 new records were set in the athletics competition and 12 new records in swimming, indicating a significant leap in the training of our young athletes,” said Valisno.

Aside from the new records set, DepEd and Tarlac provincial officials are also proud of the fact that despite the searing heat owing to the El Nino phenomenon, this year’s Palaro had no records of heat-related injuries. Palaro organizers did not schedule games between 10:30 to 2:00 pm as a precaution against heat stroke.

While the National Capital Region (NCR) kept its stature as the perennial over-all Palaro champion, the 2010 Palaro showed better performance of previously unheralded regions. Most impressive among the regions is Northern Mindanao Region which increased its over-all ranking from seventh in 2009 to fifth this year.

With an overall score of 179 points from both combined elementary and secondary scores, Northern Mindanao was just behind four regions –NCR which had 643 points; Western Visayas, 433; Southern Tagalog, 404.7; and Central Visayas, 214.34.

The enhanced performance of young Filipino athletes in general was attributed by DepEd Task Force on School for Sports (TFSS) to the training of school coaches by highly-respected national coaches. These trainings were organized by DepEd.

“We have convinced our national coaches to share their skills with school coaches from as far as Tuguegarao," said Feliciano N. Toledo, Palarong Pambansa TFSS consultant.

There were no major complaints raised in the games or in the results of this year’s Palaro or serious allegations of any irregularity.

“We attribute this to the level of professionalism among officiating officials who are themselves experts in their respective sports disciplines. Discipline, sportsmanship, and camaraderie are promoted in Palarong Pambansa that is why, order prevailed in the games,” Valisno added.

Palarong Pambansa has become a traditional ground for talent scouting for the national pool of athletes.

This is also where coaches from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and even the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) eye their prized athletes.

Another record for this year is the wider participation in Special Games for PWDs and children with special needs who include those with mental retardation.

From only three participating regions in 2008, the number increased to nine with a total of 145 participants, from only 50 plus when the Special Games was first introduced in 2008.

"We believe that no child should be left out in sports," Toledo said.

Palarong Pambansa likewise has a strong private sector partner in telecommunications provider Smart Communications whose support since 2008 continued this year.

Smart provided 2G and 3G facilities not only for telephone calls but for video calls and high-bandwidth internet connectivity for the public's fast access to online games results. (PNA)



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