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Palaro showcases RP culture -- Lapus (Sports) PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Secretary Jesli LapusMANILA, April 23 (PNA) -- Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said during the opening of Palarong Pambansa in Puerto Princesa that the value of the Palaro in the development of a holistic person as Mayor Edward Hagedorn, is the ‘adrenalin’ that further spurs the engine of growth of the city.

Addressing the crowd at the Ramon V. Mitra Memorial Complex, Lapus stressed that the Palaro, in molding the athlete to become a better person, is an avenue for the discovery of athletes, who“Who truly represent the admirable and respectable boys and girls and men and women in us,” Lapus added.

Philippine Sports Commissioner (PSC) Eric Loretizo, expressed that the Palaro is an occasion to celebrate the performance and role of athletes, coaches, officiating personnel and parents as well as the Department of Education and the host government in ensuring the success of the games.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Edward Hagedorn acknowledged the support of the DepEd, the various committees and organization that have extended help in ensuring the success of the games as he also underscored the thrust of the city government to make Puerto Princesa the sports tourism capital of the country.

Earlier, a total of 50,000 student athletes, coaches and spectators from 17 regions across the Mayor Edward Hagedorncountry convene last Sunday in Puerto Princesa, Palawan for this year’s opening of Palarong Pambansa, an annual schools’ sports event spearheaded by the Department of Education (DepEd).

The athletes from all elementary and secondary public and private schools will be accompanied by some 952 coaches , 357 chaperons and 119 delegation officials, according to figures from DepEd.

This year’s Palaro games include athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, Sepak Takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo tennis, volleyball, archery, boxing and arnis.

The sports activity will run until April 26.

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus said the DepEd also included the mentally challenged and visually impaired students to participate in track events and shot put, and goal ball, respectively.

“We have pulled all stops to make this year’s Palaro a success,” said Lapus, adding he issued the General Technical Guidelines to ensure that the annual sports event will run smoothly.

He likewise assured that stringent measures are in place to thwart cheating in the games.

“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,” said Lapus. (PNA)


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