2012 'Palaro' kicks off on Sunday


Posted at May 05 2012 08:14 PM | Updated as of May 06 2012 04:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) has completed the preparations for the 2012 Palarong Pambansa and is all set to kick off the national sporting event in Lingayen, Pangasinan on Sunday.

"We are confident to say that all necessary arrangements have been secured to make this year's Palaro truly remarkable and successful," Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro said in a statement.

DepEd tasked the National Screening and Accreditation Committee (NSAC) to facilitate the screening and accreditation of athletes and coaches using stricter implementation of the guidelines.

The provincial government of Pangasinan promised to provide tight security inside and outside the Palaro venues.

Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino has also assigned a medical team from local hospitals to look after the athletes during the sports competitions.

'High-tech Palaro'

As part of the preparations for the major sporting event, the provincial government of Pangasinan has partnered with DepEd in launching the new website for the 2012 Palaro.

The new website boasts of its high functionality and uniqueness and promises to deliver the "most digital" coverage in the history of Palaro.

It features individual sports channels for 17 sports categories for live streaming with real time scoring and replays of the games.

The Palaro 2012 TV will also be launched to showcase extraordinary stories of athletes and their journey at the Palaro, messages from guests, and other interesting stories.

The games will also have a Social Media Command Center for faster response to queries and suggestions.

The command center will serve as the central network of connection among participants and officials.