LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 16 (PIA) — The Department of Education has lauded Pangasinan for hosting this year’s Palarong Pambansa.
DepEd secretary Armin Luistro said in the closing ceremony of Palarong Pambansa held on Saturday at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) that delegates will remember the host province for three important things. First, it has a well-maintained Olympic standard for playing venues. In fact, more games were conducted indoors than outdoors this year. The provincial government also ensured that no game is played from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to spare athletes from heat stroke since it is extremely hot during these hours.
Second, Pangasinan has displayed further how the local government units (LGUs) coordinate in the province. They worked hand-in-hand to show their hospitality to the participants. Food provisions and take home meals were given; free medical expenses were provided to athletes who got sick within the week; and makeshift toilets and showers were built in all billeting quarters for delegates’ convenience.
And thirdly, this year’s national game was also marked as the cleanest and greenest so far. The province made certain that streets are tidy and it has placed waste segregation receptacles so that no trashes are littered. The clean and green committee even reported that all of the participating regions complied with the clean and green features of the Palarong Pambansa which banned the use of Styrofoam and plastics.
“I mentioned only three but there is more,” said Luistro.
Technical officials experienced a five-star accommodation for the first time because their rooms at NRSCC were air-conditioned. Then, a total of 14 national records were broken; setting new 11 records for athletics and three for swimming.
With all the preparation, generosity and respect for the environment showed by Pangasinan, the DepEd Secretary encouraged all Pangasinenses to take pride of their roots and of their province. “Ipagmalaki ninyo na kayo ay taga-Pangasinan. Ipagmalaki ninyo ang probinsiya ng Pangasinan,” (Feel proud that you are from Pangasinan. Feel proud of the province of Pangasinan), he said. (ANL/AMM-PIA1 Pangasinan)