LINGAYEN, Pangasinan, May 16 — The provincial government here thanked members of the media for bringing a blow-by-blow account of the happenings in the week-long Palarong Pambansa 2012.
Around 200 media practitioners from national and local outlets joined the Media Night held last May 10 at the Sison Auditorium, hosted by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., before the Palaro came to a halt on May 12.
“Hindi po namin na-perfect ang pagiging benchmark ng Palaro sa Pangasinan ngunit na-iangat po natin kahit papaano ang Palarong Pambansa (We were not able to reach the benchmark goal 100 percent but at least we were able to raise the standards of the Palaro),” Espino said in his message.
Espino cited the four elements or characteristics of the Palaro, namely green and environment-friendly, hi-tech, continuity, and cooperation/partnership among the provincial and national government.
He underscored the fact that if the athletes are properly guided and orchestrated, the Philippines can produce athletes for the South East Asian Games, or even the Olympics.
Espino also acknowledged the efforts of the department heads who have been responsible in delivering important tasks for the national games.
During the program, some media members gave their impressions of the Palaro and congratulated the provincial government leadership for its success.
“Like any other sports event of this magnitude, there are birth pains but after the highlight of the Palaro, which was the opening ceremony, everything’s been fine. The participants have been very excited,” according to Bong Pedralvez, a senior sportswriter for Malaya.
National and local media came in full force during the opening program and bannered the spectacular feat of the Palaro in Pangasinan.
Most of them congratulated the provincial government for a clean, peaceful, and very well prepared accommodations.
Earlier, Secretary Armin Luistro of the Department of Education lauded Pangasinan for its planned establishment of a Pangasinan Sports Academy, which was one of the considerations when the province presented its bid to host the national games.(ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from PIO)