MANILA, Philippines – The athletes at the ongoing Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan will not only be competing in different sports events; they will also be going for the title of “cleanest and greenest” delegation.
The Department of Education has released the criteria in selecting the cleanest, greenest and most eco-friendly billeting quarters of the participating regions in keeping with the pro-green policies of the Palaro.
“The Palaro is a good avenue to instill among our youth the sense of responsibility, not only for themselves but for the society as well,” Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said in a statement Wednesday.
The criteria for judging focus on the upkeep of the billeting quarters and the delegation’s serious compliance with environmental promotion.
Part of the decision will also be based on the evaluation of the athletes and officials’ behavior outside their quarters.
The implementation of a Clean and Green Palaro started in the 2011 Palaro, which was held in Dapitan City, with the department’s aim to promote environmentally-sound methods for resource conservation and environmental protection.
“The department pushes further the campaign for an eco-friendly Palaro following the success of last year’s initiatives,” Luistro said.
Each delegation’s quarters will be randomly inspected by the juding committee members designated by the National Technical Management and Administration Committee. Evaluation will also be done at the event areas.
The winners for the cleanest and greenest billeting quarters and the runners-up will be awarded during the awarding ceremonies on the last day of the Palaro.
In the 2011 Palarong Pambansa, Region IV-A (Calabarzon) was recognized to have the cleanest and greenest billeting quarter.