The Department of Education (DepEd) clarified there is no water shortage in the Palarong Pambansa in Antique amid reports that a number of participants passed out because of the heat during Sunday's opening ceremonies.
DepEd assistant secretary Tonisito Umali said that each of the regions participating in the annual national youth games has appropriated funds for drinking water, especially for athletes participating in outdoor events.
“Iyong kanilang bawat delegasyon ay may pondo po para sa kanilang supply of water,” said Umali in an interview with Vic De Leon Lima on DZMM’s "Pasada Sais Trenta."
“Ang lahat po ng mga atleta natin ay may tubig.”
Umali added that they have adjusted the playing time to prevent athletes from suffering heatstroke.
“Wala na pong laro from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Minsan pinapalawag pa po natin sa PASAGA na mainit pa rin 2:30 p.m. hanggang 3 p.m. Iyan ay for the outdoor games,” he said.
Umali added that some of the games start earlier at 6 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.
At least 10 participants reportedly fainted at Binirayan Sports Complex last Sunday, as they stood under the sun in an open field during the Games' opening ceremonies.
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