THE 600-strong delegation of the Department of Education (DepEd)-Negros Occidental, including athletes, coaches, and chaperones, is all set for the 2017 Palarong Negros Island Region (NIR).

This year’s regional meet, slated from February 24 to March 1, is hosted by the Schools Divisions of Dumaguete City and Negros Oriental.

Opening rites is on February 24, 5 p.m., at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium, Dumaguete City.

Themed, “One Island, One DepEd, One Asean,” the games are part of DepEd-NIR’s effort to promote awareness on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Community 2015 and the Philippines’ Chairmanship of the Asean 2017.

The set-up this year is different from last year’s. Instead of only seven delegations, one provincial delegation from Negros Occidental and six division delegations from Negros Oriental, competing against each other, there will now be 16 schools division delegations, including 10 from Negros Occidental and six from Negros Oriental.

Romeo Sison, Jr., meet co-chair for the Technical Committee and DepEd-Negros Occidental Sports coordinator, said sports events are those identified in the DepEd Memo No. 174, Series of 2016, with 15 events for elementary division and 21, for secondary division.

Dance sports, pencak silat and aerogymnastics will be played as demonstration sports, and will have no bearing in the final medal count.

The Olympic Medal System, wherein ranking shall be based on the total number of gold, silver and bronze medals won, will be applied to determine the general championship.

Sison said the delegations will also be evaluated for the following awards: Most Disciplined Delegation, Most Organized Delegation, Best Billeting School, and Cleanest, Greenest and Eco-Friendliest Delegation. (PR)