NAGA CITY (13-March-2012) – A grand parade around the main thoroughfares of this city yesterday afternoon marked the opening of Palarong Bikol 2012 as the regional sports competition signaled the official start of various sports events happening from March 12-17 at the Metro Naga Sports Complex and other designated playing areas in the city.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo, guest of honor, led local city officials, Department of Education superintendents, coaches, and athletes in welcoming more or less 6,000 competing players who hailed from various parts of the Bicol Region.
In his speech, Robredo cited the importance of this sports event in honing the physical and mental ability of an individual. He mentioned the rigorous training undertaken by athletes and its impact on instilling discipline in them, eventually making them an improved and regimented person.
“My daughters are very much into sports and I do give them my full support in that endeavor. They also participate in sporting events like this, so I know that a great part of their self-discipline was molded through the trainings and experiences that brought them were they are now. Palarong Bikol is also a great venue to pick the best athletes who will represent our region in national and international sports competition,” Robredo added.
Meanwhile, Naga City Mayor John Bongat assured the participants that all security plans are in place to guarantee the safety of the delegates. Bongat has directed the creation of Task Force “Karawat Sa Bikol” under the supervision and control of OIC Naga Chief Police Senior Superintendent Antonio N. Gardiola Jr , designated to be in the front line of the security and public safety requirements of Palarong Bikol 2012.
In line with this, the task force institutionalized sub task force groups to ensure that all areas of concern will be taken care of. It includes sub task force groups in billeting area security, sports area security, traffic and route security, and support group which will man 14 billeting areas / schools consisting of more or less 459 classrooms.
There are 13 delegations from the six provinces and seven cities that will vie in the week-long competition. There will be 17 sporting events during the Palarong Bikol 2012 as part of the Basic Education Curriculum of the Department of Education. Analiza S. Macatangay
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