The Department of Education has allocated P136.6 million for the annual Palarong Pambasa set May 6 to 12 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said the national games are important components in the development of school children and students.
"When we say total human development, we mean to develop persons who are physically fit, socially responsible, and globally competitive," he said.
Luistro said the event is "an important component of the basic education curriculum because it promotes physical education and sports which are part of the full development of the youth’s potential."
An estimated 10,000 student-athletes from public elementary and high schools are expected to compete in the games to be held at the Narciso Ramos Sports Center in Lingayen and in the cities of San Carlos and Dagupan and the towns of Bugallon and Binmaley.
"In a way, the results of the Palaro provide a database for a more sound and relevant school development program," Luistro said.
Meanwhile, the province of Negros Occidental is fast-tracking works at the Panaad Stadium and Paglaum Sports Complex ;to be finished in time for the opening of the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet on March 12.
Earlier, Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent Rizalino Tortosa said that all the playing venues will be ready and the event will showcase the province’s capability of hosting an extensive sporting event as it hopes to bring the Palarong Pambansa, once again, to Negros Occidental next year.
Tortosa also said that the Negrense athletes have a good chance of keeping its overall championship title in the WVRAA with the homecrowd cheering them on during the March 12-16 regional meet at the Paglaum Sports Complex and the Panaad Stadium.
Invitations have ;already been sent to boxing icon Manny Pacquiao and Negrense WBO lightflyweight champion Donnie Nietes to inspire the delegates with their presence during the opening program on March 12.*NAB/with a report from PNA
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