THE province of Ilocos Sur earned the right to host the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.
This was announced by Assistant Secretary Tonisito of the Department of Education.
Governor Ryan Singson spearheaded the Ilocos Sur team during the final bidding meet with the representatives of the shortlisted hopeful provinces and cities in Luzon in attendance at Seameo Innotech in Quezon City.
Dep-ed Region 1 Director Alma Ruby C. Torio, Ilocos Sur Schools Division Superintendent Gemma Tacuycuy, Provincial Administrator Cara Michelle Peredo, and Provincial Sports Coordinator Marius Cabudol backstopped Gov. Singson, who has crafted a robust provincial sports development program.
“We have evaluated Ilocos Sur’s facilities and equipment and they are definitely up to Palarong Pambansa standards, if not better. For starters, the Palaro hub—Quirino Stadium—is state of the art,” ASec Umali declared.
For his part, Gov. Singson said: “This is very meaningful for us, as for the first time, Ilocos Sur will host this most prestigious event for elementary and secondary students. We will show to the whole nation what the Ilocosurians are capable of as hosts”, Singson said.
Gov. Singson looks forward to the immense impact of Palarong Pambansa 2018 to the province’s economy, tourism and sports development even as he directed to pull all stops for the Palaro to be an event to look forward to.
Ilocos Sur will have a dry run next month as it will host the Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg, part and parcel of the Philippine Sports Commission’s grassroots sports thrust.
This event aims to bring out, particularly, the Ilocos Youth’s talent and skills in various sports, and display values inherent in the practice of sports such as discipline, teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship.
This year’s Palaro was staged in Antique after Davao del Sur’s turn in 2016.