Negros Oriental to host Palarong Pambansa 2013
MANILA, Philippines - Negros Oriental has been chosen as the host for Palarong Pambansa 2013, the Department of Education announced Saturday, November 3.
The decision was made after a thorough evaluation of reports prepared by officials of DepEd and the Philippine Sports Commission, as well as presentations made by bidders last October 19, Education Secretary Brother Armin Luistro FSC said in a letter to Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo.
"The final choice is based on the result of the votes made by the Palarong Pambansa board with 19 members present during the actual voting. With a vote of 11 for Dumaguete, 7 for Negros Occidental, and one tied vote - the Department of Education is awarding to Negros Oriental the privilege of hosting the 2013 Palarong Pambansa," Luistro said.
To formalize the deal, Negros Oriental will have to submit a formal letter of commitment to host next year's Palarong Pambansa, which will include details on the provincial government's funding plans.
In April 2012, Negros formed the Negros Oriental Sports Confederation to promote the culture of sports in the region.
Negros Occidental, led by Gov Alfredo Maranon, also presented their bid.
"As an overall assessment of both bids, we are very, very happy that both provinces presented themselves as very ready for Palaro 2013. If it is possible we would have 2 hosts for Palaro but since that is not possible, the committee had to choose one," said Luistro.
This year's Palarong Pambansa was held in Pangasinan. - Rappler.com