All systems go for 2015 Palarong Pambansa
Mark Escarlote on Apr 28, 2015 08:35 PM
Davao Del Norte Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario addressing the media in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum in Shakey's Malate.
Up to 20,000 people including 12,000 student-athletes from elementary and high school are expected to flock the 2015 Palarong Pambansa in Tagum City in Davao Del Norte that will run from May 3 to 9.
The province’s Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario said that the local government unit left no stone unturned to ensure a smooth, safe and memorable hosting of the annual meet that serves as a stepping stone for future sports stars coming from the country’s 17 regions.
“Itong Palarong Pambansa 2015 will be the first Palaro in Region 11. We are expecting a large crowd. Mga 12,000 athletes and kung isasama pa ang 3,000 school and technical officials at yung mga manonood, we are expecting a total of 20,000 people,” said Del Rosario during the session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum in Shakey’s Malate on Tuesday.
Del Rosario, who dreamed of hosting Palaro three years ago, added that aside from the playing venues and facilities, the province assured that students will have proper and comfortable billeting areas.
“Unang ginawa namin ang pagsiguro sa comfort and security ng mga bata,” he said adding that “We prepared a security plan designed by Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.”
Tagum City’s 12-hectare sports complex is no stranger in hosting sports events as it sponsored two regional games two years ago including the staging of Batang Pinoy last year.
“Our province is trained to handle this kind of crowd,” Del Rosario said. “We are implementing the security plan that we have been using, only in larger scale. We have security personnel with volunteers and a peace and order council headed by Davao City Mayor Rudy Duterte.”
The governor said this Palaro will introduce beach volleyball as a demo sport.
Del Rosario hopes that Region 11 will continue its rise from the rankings after climbing from no. 11 two years ago to no. 7 last year in Laguna.
“We are hoping to come out on the top three naman,” said the official.
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