2009 Palarong Pambansa - Leyte Preparation

Tacloban City (October 26) -- The province of Leyte is now busy making the necessary preparations for its hosting of the Palarong Pambansa on April 26 to May 2, 2009.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said that in hosting the 2009 Palarong Pambansa, the province is bent on setting its best foot forward to present a progressive and thriving province with hospitable, friendly and hardworking people.

It is not everyday that the Province gets the chance to host such a big national event so the host province should present the best to encourage more similar events in the future, Governor Petilla added.

Todate, massive rehabilitation works are now being done at the Leyte Sports Development Center, in preparation for the big national summer games next year. The provincial government has allocated no less than P50 Million for the hosting of the 2009 Palarong Pambansa.

Rehabilitation works at the Leyte Sports Development Center was targeted to start in September and to be finished in December of this year.

The bulk of the allotted amount would be spent in improving the oval track, transforming the current rough-sand track into a rubberized track at the sports center's oval that would mainly serve running and track and field events.

As host, the Province of Leyte must conform with the standards set for national and even international sports facilities as the Palaro is the country's source for athletes being pitted in and out of the country in various international competitions.

The province, by mixing sports and tourism through Palaro would benefit a lot from visitor influx aside from the thousands of delegates to come from all over the country. At least 6,000 Palaro athletes, officials and chaperones plus other visitors and tourists are expected to come to the province to participate and witness the national sporting games.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education through DepEd Memo No. 390, series of 2008 has announced that the 2009 Palarong Pambansa will be hosted by the Province of Leyte from April 26 to May 2, 2009 with the Leyte Sports Development Center in Tacloban City as the main venue. The DepED Regional Office VIII and DepED Division Offices of Leyte and Tacloban City shall be the co-hosts.

The Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations shall directly supervise the preparations and conduct of the 2009 Palarong Pambansa, in cooperation with the host Provincial Government of Leyte and DepED Regional Office VIII and field offices in the Region.

Likewise, all financial, administrative and operational matters relative to the holding of the Palarong Pambansa shall be handled by the Office of the Undersecretary for Regional Operations and the Office of the Undersecretary for Finance and Administration with the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS) providing the technical management, secretariat, staff and operational services.

All regional offices are encouraged to participate in all events, with their delegations comprising of the best athletes and coaches identified from their regional meets. (PIA 8)

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