MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Negros Oriental has won the bid to host next year’s Palarong Pambansa.
“With a vote of 11 for Dumaguete, seven for Negros Occidental, and one tied vote - the Department of Education is awarding to Negros Oriental the privilege of hosting the 2013 Palarong Pambansa,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro.
Luistro said in a letter to Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo that the decision was made after a tedious selection and deliberation process, taking into consideration the presentations last October 19 and the report provided by the technical committee composed of officials of DepEd and the Philippine Sports Commission.
“The final choice is based on the result of the votes made by the Palarong Pambansa Board with 19 members present during the actual voting,” said Luistro.
However, Luistro said that the province has to meet several conditions like submitting a formal letter of commitment to host the games, indicating the provincial government’s offer of counterpart funding and the Signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to strengthen the roles of both the province and DepEd, for the agreement to be finalized.
Luistro also thanked the provincial government of Negros Occidental (Bacolod) headed by Governor Alfredo Maranon for presenting their bid.
"As an overall assessment of both bids, we are very, very happy that both provinces presented themselves as very ready for Palaro 2013. If it is possible we would have 2 hosts for Palaro but since that is not possible, the committee had to choose one." said Luistro.