Albay is 2016 Palarong
PASIG CITY, Nov. 1 -- After careful deliberation and tedious evaluation
by officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine
Sports Commission (PSC), Legazpi City, Albay won the bid to host the
Palarong Pambansa 2016. The province won over Tuguegarao City, Cagayan– its
only competitor for the annual national games.
Before announcing the results of the vote, Education Secretary Armin Luistro,
asked both provinces to continue supporting the agency’s sports development
program, saying, "Sana ipagpatuloy po ninyo ang inyong naka-atas na mga
programa para sa sports sa inyong probinsiya at sana makasama pa po kayo ng
DepEd at ng PSC doon sa iba pang sports events. Mayroon po tayong Batang
Pinoy, Philippine National Games, at iba pang programa.”
The final choice was made based on voting results by the Palarong Pambansa
Board chaired by the education Secretary.
“We reviewed the recommendations from the regions and had our own
deliberations. We went through billeting, facilities, your presentations,
including readiness of our regions, as well as other considerations that are
specific to 2016. Ang nanalo po with a very, very slim margin is Albay”
Before the bidding and official presentations of the two provinces, DepEd
and PSC technical officials inspected each venue last June to see if the
facilities and billeting areas are adequate.
PSC Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez presented to the body the rating system
used which included international standards, distance from the main complex,
power supply, and security, among others.
DepEd’s Schools Sports Events and Activities Unit Head Cesar Abalon reported
on the status of the billeting areas, which are evaluated based on the
sufficiency of rooms, bathrooms, kitchen areas and medical provisions.
With a budget of P300M, Albay Governor Joey Salceda assured the Palarong
Pambansa Board that Albay has the equipment and resources needed to
construct and repair its sports facilities and playing venues as soon as