Tagum City to host 2015 Palarong Pambansa

Mark Escarlote on Dec 16, 2014 02:03 PM
Tagum City wins Palarong Pambansa hosting bid
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia announced that Tagum City will host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa to be held on May.

Tagum City in the province of Davao Del Norte will be the host of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa. 

Chairman Richie Garcia of the Philippine Sports Commission revealed Tuesday that Tagum won over four other cities from Mindanao in the hosting rights bidding held last Monday at the Department of Education head office in Pasig City. 

“Halos lahat bumoto sa Tagum. Out of 18 votes they were able to get 16,” Garcia said at the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum held at Shakey’s Malate. 

Garcia said that first time host Tagum got the nod after it presented to the bidding committee the capability of the city to host the annual meet for elementary and secondary student-athletes in terms of their already complete sports venues and facilities.        

“The facilities (of Tagum) are ready,” according to the PSC chairman. “Kahit next week mo ilagay doon (ang Palaro), nandyan na, bago lahat.” 

Garcia added that these qualifications made Tagum a preferred host  compared to other bidders CARAGA; Dipolog, Zamboanga Del Norte; Tubod, Lanao Del Norte and Zamboanga City. 

Last August 2013 Tagum successfully hosted the annual Batang Pinoy meet, another consideration that put the city a cut above the rest. 

“I think they will be ready kasi when we had the Batang Pinoy sa Tagum it was very smooth,” said Garcia. “Maganda yung pool, maganda yung oval, maganda yung football field.” 

The city boasts an Olympic standard track and field oval where night games could be played and a swimming pool equipped with modern timing facility.   

The only kink that Tagum is yet to iron out is the availability of potable water in the schools around the city that will be used as billeting area for student-athletes and officials.           

“I think in all angles the city is ready except for water. Medyo yung mga eskuwelahan nila kulang ng (potable) water and para panligo,” Garcia said. “They promised to put deep wells sa mga eskuwelahan. If may mga athletes doon baka kulangin ang tubig. So that was the only negative issues but outside of that walang problema.” 

Palarong Pambansa is an annual sports program by DepEd in cooperation with the PSC. It also serves as a grassroots program where potential national pool athletes are discovered and a venue for college schools to tap varsity recruits. 

Last year’s Palarong Pambansa was hosted by the province of Laguna. 

National Capital Region is the defending general champion both for elementary and secondary.        

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