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Get real-time Palaro results online -- DepEd (Sports) PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2008

MANILA, April 16 (PNA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday announced that the results of all events in the Palarong Pambansa to be held in Puerto Princesa on April 20 to 26, 2008 will be available online in the DepEd website immediately after each event – a first in the history of Palaro's 60th year.

The DepEd website address is:

"This is a breakthrough in making the Palaro results immediately known to those who cannot be at the venue physically", Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said.

Deogracias Genito of DepEd, chair of the Committee on Information, Communication and Documentation, said the website posting is a big leap forward from the days when results were known only on the next day.

There will be four communication centers from which to report the results from different playing venues. These are at the Ramon Mitra Sports Complex with two, Palawan National School and the Power Zone Badminton Court with one each.

The communication centers are all equipped with lap-top computers with multi-media capability and internet connectivity.

There will also be four LCD widescreens strategically located at the site for the public viewing of Palaro results.

Genito said that there will be back-up power generators from the city government to ensure continues power supply in case of power outage.

The DepEd Palaro website has a "discussion box" or feedback forum for readers views and opinions on the Palaro.

Earlier, the DepEd has completed all preparations for the staging of this year's Palarong Pambansa to be held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Both elementary and secondary public and private schools will showcase their best athletes.

"We have pulled all stops to make this year's Palaro a success", Lapus said.

DepEd issued the General Technical Guidelines to ensure that the annual sports event will run smoothly.

DepEd formed a National Screening and Accreditation Committee (NSAC) to look into the eligibility of athletes for the Palaro and give accreditation to qualified athletes and coaches.

Athletes who perform exceptionally well in the Palaro are usually honed to become representatives of the country in international competitions.

The games include athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, Sepak Takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo tennis, volleyball, archery, boxing, and arnis.

Moreover, there will be special games for the mentally challenged and visually impaired students. Track events will also be held for the mentally challenged. Those with visual impairment will compete in the shot put and goal ball.

DepEd said that stringent measures are in place to prevent cheating in the games. In addition, DepEd has closely coordinated with other government agencies and non-government organizations to monitor the medical conditions of the participants.

Sports and health authorities will keep a close watch on athletes who will be exposed to extreme summer heat.

Likewise, DepEd sought support from SMART Communications to allow real-time posting of Palaro game results. This is in addition to the wide-screen display of the results at the site.

The Palarong Pambansa is held in consonance with the National Unified Sports Program. The city of Puerto Princesa is this year's host with the DepEd MIMAROPA region and the division of Puerto Princesa as co-hosts.

DepEd added that it joins the nation in supporting the Philippine team's participation in the 2008 Olympic Games.

The name Palarong Pambansa was adopted only in 1976. (PNA)


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