What’s new in this year’s Palarong Pam­bansa

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

Cza­rina L. Gomez

The coun­try’s premier na­tional sport­ing event, the Palarong Pam­bansa, will in­tro­duce two side events this year — Larong Pi­noy and the Sports Her oes Day.

Larong Pi­noy, also known as the Philip­pine Indigenous Games, aims to strengthen and revive the tra­di­tional Pi­noy games such as tok­tok palayok, kadang-kadang, pat­in­tero, hi­la­hang lu­bid, and­kar­era ng sako.

It is pri­mar­ily in­tended to revive “Laro ng Lahi” sports amidst the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy which in­clude elec­tronic and video-based games played by the youth on com­put­ers, tablets and mo­bile phones.

The play­ers how­ever, will not be the youth, but DepEd’s un­der­sec­re­taries, as­sis­tant sec­re­taries, re­gional as well as as­sis­tant di­rec­tors and di­vi­sion and as­sis­tant di­vi­sion su­per­in­ten­dents, DepEd Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­bers, DepEd Sports Of­fi­cials, lo­cal govern­ment unit (LGU) rep­re­sen­ta­tives, sports icons, among oth­ers.

The Sports He­roes Day, on the other hand, is an im­por­tant opportunity for young ath­letes to per­son­ally in­ter­act with their sports idols and icons.

An­chored on the theme “Shap­ing the Fu­ture Through Sports,” the 2019 Palarong Pam­bansa is set from April 27 to May 4. Davao City will host this year’s sport­ing event.

The of­fi­cial reg­u­lar sports in the el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary level, as pro­vided in Sec­tion 27 of Rule VI of the IRR of RA 10588, shall re­main to be played while dance­s­ports, pen­cak silat, and aer­o­bics gym­nas­tics shall re­main this year’s demon­stra­tion sports.

There shall be sep­a­rate events for stu­dent-ath­letes with dis­abil­ity to compete such as ath­let­ics, swimming, bocce, and goal ball. Medals shall be awarded to the win­ners of the said spe­cial games.

All sports shall be played in ac­cor­dance with the cur­rent in­ter­na­tional rules and reg­u­la­tions be­ing im­ple­mented by its re­spec­tive in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion. How­ever, mod­i­fi­ca­tions, amend­ments, or re­vi­sions in the tech­ni­cal rules and reg­u­la­tions may be al­lowed for jus­ti­fi­able or com­pelling reasons. The tour­na­ment man­ager of the con­cerned sports shall draft the pro­posed changes to be sub­mit­ted to the head of the tech­ni­cal com­mit­tee for re­view and eval­u­a­tion, and to be en­dorsed to the Palarong Pam­bansa Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral for fi­nal appr oval .

Rel­a­tive to the fore­go­ing pro­vi­sions, tech­ni­cal rules, reg­u­la­tions, and guidelines of re­spec­tive sports adopted dur­ing the 2018 Palarong Pam­bansa shall re­main in ef­fect ex­cept for the fol­low­ing sports: ath­let­ics, swimming gym­nas­tics, amis, dance­s­ports, wushu, wrestling, and aer­o­bic gym­nas­tics for hav­ing changes in its tech­ni­cal re­quire­ment.

For Ath­let­ics, the events to be played in the 2019 Palarong Pam­bansa shall be the same events be­ing con­tested in the ASEAN Schools Games (ASG); Swimming - Sim­i­larly, all the swimming events in the ASG shall be played in the 2019 Palarong Pam­bansa; Gym­nas­tics - The 2017-2020 Code of Points shall be adopted in the 2019 Palarong Pam­bansa; and Amis - Adop­tion of PEKAF Rules pur­suant to the Palarong Pam­bansa.

Team com­pe­ti­tion events such as bas­ket­ball, base­ball, foot­ball, sepak takraw (team event), soft­ball, and vol­ley­ball shall adopt the tour­na­ment format gui del i nes.

The Olympic Medal Sys­tem shall be applied to de­ter­mine the overall cham­pion and rank­ings. Hence, rank­ing shall be based on the to­tal num­ber of gold, sil­ver, and bronze medals to be con­tested in the dif­fer­ent sports events.

Medals awarded in the demon­stra­tion sports shall not be in­cluded in the medal count earned by the re­gional del­e­ga­tion.

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The author is Teacher III at Calu­lut In­te­grated School

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