Education sec lauds Pangasinan Palaro hosting-A A +A
Sunday, May 13, 2012
LINGAYEN -- Education Secretary Armin Luistro said over the weekend that Pangasinan has set a benchmark in the hosting of Palarong Pambansa.
Luistro's closing message was overflowing with good words to Governor Amado Espino Jr. and the education department's appreciation to all the efforts made by the province of Pangasinan.
"Maraming, maraming, maraming salamat sa probinsiya ng Pangasinan sa inyong ipinakitang pagkalinga sa aming lahat (Thank you very much Pangasinan for taking care of us)," he said.
He said Palarong Pambansa in Pangasinan was able to set standards: well-maintained Olympic standard playing venues like the track and field oval in Lingayen and the swimming pool in Dagupan City.
Also, compared to previous Palarong Pambansa, more games were held indoors and no games were held between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Palarong Pambansa 2012, Luistro said, showcased the partnership between the province and local government units under it.
The billeting and playing venues were at the cities of Dagupan and San Carlos, Lingayen, Bugallon, Labrador, Binmaley and Calasiao.
"Ito ang cleanest and greenest Palaro so far. Here you gave waste segregations receptacles," Luistro said.
He also mentioned the "five-star accommodation" given to the officiating officials and athletes from 17 regions.
In appreciation to all these, Luistro said the Department of Education (DepEd) will support the Pangasinan Sports Academy project of Espino.
Espino, in response, thanked the DepEd for giving Pangasinan the opportunity to host Palarong Pambansa for the second time.
"Ginawa po namin ang lahat para magkaroon kayo ng natatangi at kakaibang karanasan, at kahit papano ay meron kayong madalang magandang alaala pauwi (We did everything to give you a good and unique experience that you will forever cherish)," the governor said.
Meanwhile, several regions received special awards during the closing ceremonies.
Mimaropa (Region 4A) was adjudged as the Cleanest and Greenest Delegation and the Most Disciplined Delegation. Calabarzon (Region 4B) was adjudged as the Most Organized Delegation; Tandoc Elementary School and Tandoc National High School in San Carlos City (where Mimaropa was billeted) was chosen as the Cleanest, Greenest and Eco-friendliest Schools; Northern Mindanao (Region 10) was acknowledged to have the Biggest Delegation at the closing program.
Estanza Elementary School and Estanza National High School in Lingayen also received a special award as the Best School Host Billeting. (Sunnex)