ILOCOS SUR, April 11, 2018 – To give updates on the final preparations and resolve concerns relative to the upcoming Palarong Pambansa, the Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Learner Support Services-School Sports Division (BLSS-SSD), spearheaded the final technical conference recently at the Metro Vigan Fiesta Garden Hotel in Bantay, Ilocos Sur.
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DepEd Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary-General Tonisito Umali, and BLSS Director and Deputy Secretary-General Rizalino Jose Rosales led the said conference and were joined by national and local working committee chairpersons, regional sports officers (RSOs), and tournament managers (TMs).
“We are very happy that we have this final technical conference for 2018 Palarong Pambansa. This is not only an opportunity for us to discuss with our host province and our counterparts from the DepEd host Region and Division our final preparations for this year’s Palaro, but also a chance to have our Palarong Pambansa Consultative Council meeting where we discussed with our RSOs and TMs our programs and plans for the succeeding years of Palarong Pambansa, as well as our goals and aspirations for the future of our country’s student-athletes and the Philippine school sports development,” said Umali.
Meanwhile, Rosales thanked the participants for taking part in the conference and hoped that remaining difficulties would be properly dealt with: “I hope that with this technical meeting, we will be able to achieve the successful conduct of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.”
Prior to the final technical conference, the final ocular inspection of playing venues and billeting areas was carried out on March 7, where issues and concerns were ironed out. RSOs and TMs were encouraged to report unresolved pressing matters to the provincial engineers present on the first day of the conference for immediate resolution.
Topics of discussion during the three-day conference included the: finalization of the list of officiating officials and scheduled games; setting up of national/regional/division Palaro organization; qualification standards and duties and responsibilities of regional and division sports officers and tournament managers; drafting of the guidelines for demonstration sports; proposed creation of additional item for coaches in public schools nationwide; and reports on the final preparation of host local government unit (LGU).
“Also one of the highlights of this event is the presentation of the Roadmap of Creating a Champion, which primarily aims to change the mindset of the Filipino people about sports and emphasize its importance in every child’s life. Through this program, we dream of producing more and more excellent student-athletes who will not only be champions in sports but more importantly in life,” Umali shared.