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Monday, June 4, 2012

House bill that would institutionalize the Palarong Pambansa

House Bill 6119 aims to create a policy and coordinating body for the conduct of the 37-year-old Palaro, which shall be headed by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Saying it has lost its prestige and popularity among Filipinos over the years, the House of Representatives recently approved a bill that would institutionalize the Palarong Pambansa as the premier national sporting event of the country.

The Palaro Board members are the DepEd secretary, four DepEd undersecretaries, three DepEd assistant secretaries, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and the secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Among others, the board will be tasked to provide incentives/rewards to participating schools and local government units; formulate and issue policies and guidelines on the accreditation of athletes, coaches and chaperones; approve bids to host the Palarong Pambansa; and identify the sports events to be included.
The measure also requires the organization of the Regional Athletic Associations, which shall supervise the conduct of the regional meets.

To ensure the event’s success, the PSC shall make available its manpower and technical resources, as well as facilities, said Camarines Norte Representative Renato Unico Jr., chair of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development.

In coordination with the DepEd, the PSC shall formulate and implement a training program for outstanding athletes of the Palarong Pambansa to ensure the continuity of their athletic development and education.
The Senate may adopt the House version of the bill for early transmittal and signature by President Benigno Aquino III.

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