TAGUM CITY - The cauldron for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa will be lit in 37 days but already host Davao del Norte has reaped top marks from no less than the Department of Education (DepEd).
For Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, Davao del Norte looks to set the benchmark for all future editions of the annual Palaro.
“We were not harassed for this Palarong Pambansa 2015. Way ahead of schedule, there’s been no rushing on the part of the hosts,” Luistro said in Thursday’s official launch of the May 3 to 9 Palaro at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan of the Davao del Norte provincial capitol.
“We are looking at this year as the standard or benchmark for succeeding Palaro,” added Luistro, who was accompanied in the launch by top DepEd officials, including Palarong Pambansa secretary general Undersecratary Tony Umali.
Also officially launched in the well-attended ceremony were the DavNor Palaro website (www.davnorpalaro2015.com), the games official music video and a first-ever comprehensive 64-page guidebook that provides even the minutest details about the games— from specifics on billeting venues, transportation, medical assistance, communications, tourism, security, among others.
“It is the privilege of our province to host the Palarong Pambansa 2015, an opportunity that we finally grasped after years of thorough planning and persistence,” Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said in his message at the launch.
“This is our time to prove that we have the capacity to host a prestigious national event worthy of being called ‘The Best Palaro Ever.’”
“This Palaro speaks the language of the young generation,” del Rosario added. "It is through these games that we will not only promote the youth and sports but also the province as the 'Banana Capital of the Philippines.'"
Highlighting the day-long activity that included the games’ second technical congress, an executive meeting of the DepEd’s 17 regional directors and an ocular of the competition venues and billeting facilities was the ceremonial signing of the Palaro hosting between Luistro and Rep. Anthony del Rosario, who represented the governor.
At least 10,000 student athletes in the primary and secondary levels and officials will converge for the Palaro this summer. The athletes will be competing in 23 sports.