Lingayen- - -Pangasinan ‘s sports development thrust has extended its scope of action after the province sponsored for the first time a six-day in-house training of athletes not only from Pangasinan but from the three other provinces in Region 1 from April 17 to 21 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) in preparation for the Palarong Pambansa 2015.
Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Teresita Velasco commended Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. for providing opportunity for over 500 athletes from the region who will be competing in the Palarong Pambansa at Tagum City, Davao on May 3 to 9.
Velasco said the governor’s deep concern on the welfare of the youth, especially in terms of sports development, is praiseworthy, adding that such act is ‘seldom accorded to the DepEd by any other official.’
Gov. Espino, who assured full support to the regional delegation, on the other hand, said that the weeklong training sought to provide proper physical conditioning as well as right discipline for the young athletes.
The governor said that the entire region will hope and pray for the ‘best performance of all athletes, even as he noted that the victory of one will serve as the victory of all.
“We are doing this (youth and sports development) in Pangasinan and I am sure that leaders in your respective towns, cities and provinces are also doing the same,” the governor said.
Meanwhile, the DepEd regional director expressed belief that better results will be gained from the camaraderie that was strengthened among the participating athletes.
In related development, Pangasinense athletes and trainer-coaches from DepEd schools divisions in the province had started their version of in-house training as early as April 6 with athletes from other provinces in the region.
As of record, team Pangasinan remained as a consistent top performer placing as over-all 2nd runner-up in Batang Pinoy Luzon Leg for the years 2013 and 2014 in a field of more than a hundred participating Local Government Unit (LGU) delegations.
Pangasinan has also shown a considerably high performance in the Batang Pinoy national games for the past four years, placing in among the top ten contingents.
With full support of the provincial government, DepEd Pangasinan II romped off with the overall championship of R1AA 2015 with an overwhelming gold medal standing of more than half of the first runner-up’s.
Pangasinan II, on the other hand, harvested 88 gold followed by Ilocos Norte with 41; La Union, 37; Pangasinan I, 30; and Urdaneta City, 21.
The provincial government has accorded athletes with freeaccommodation at the NRSCC plus free meals all throughout the duration of the training as well as during their travel to Manila on their way to Tagum City.
Send-off program is slated on April 22.
Present during the welcome ceremonies were: Executive Assistant III Modesto Operania, newly-installed DepEd Pangasinan 1 Schools Division Superintendent Maria Celia Fernandez, and Lorenzo Agustin, DepEd Region 1 Education Program Supervisor in Sports. /MG Oblanca and RBernardino