Palarong Pambansa 2011 Goes Green in Dapitan

   
   Every year Department of Education or DepEd, holds a sporting event participated in by the country’s top elementary and high school athletes.   It is a good way for DepEd to promote physical eduction and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education Program and as an affirmation to its commitment to develop the potentials of the youth to become responsible and globally competitive citizens.  An estimated 600 athletes and school officials per region (10, 200 participants nationwide) are expected to take part in the May 8 to 14 week-long event.
   I’ve never been to any Palarong Pambansa yet, though it is quite familiar to me since I was in high school.   And as a mom it would  be really an inspiration to take part in the said event.   This is an event where we can highlight young athletes’ achievements  in sports such as basketball, football, swimming, athletics, arnis, badminton, baseball, chess, gymnastics, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, taekwondo,  tennis,  volleyball and boxing, yes, boxing!
   This year, Palaro will be held at the newly constructed Jose Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, in Dapitan City,   in time for the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal, in honoring also of the 4 years of his exile there and the 115th  year of his death.
    Education Secretary Armin Luistro emphasized that the Palaro will be run based on Filipino core values such as honesty and fair play.
What I like more of the said event is that they have committed to ahere to the eco-friendly practices during the days of the Palaro.
  The office of the Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs, headed by Assistant Secretary Tonasito M.C. Umali, with the help of Task Force on School Sports (TFSS) shall superhead the event.
   Assec. Umali said some of the practices suggesting eco-friendliness are
1.  prohibiting the use of plastic and styrofoam food containers,
2.  adopting waste segregation schemes in the athletes’ accomodations and in all game venues, and
3.  emphasizing respect for the environment.
These are also some of the things that should be noted with the Palaro being “pro-green“:
   The event’s food suppliers have been advised already about the above procedures, so instead of using styros and disposable plastics, banana leaves are suggested for use and participants are urged  to bring their own utensils or eco-friendly dinner wares.
  Monitoring will be strict, and penalties will be given who will not abide by the restrictions , in form of score deductions during the games.   But if there are penalties, there are rewards.   Special prizes will be awarded to the delegations and participants who will be seen promptly complying.
   I was wondering since it is a Go Green theme, it would be much appreciated if all the partipants have also adopted a seedling or have planted one on the Dapitan ground, well that is just my idea.
   With these, an approximate of P130 M has been allotted from the country’s budget .
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