THE 2019 Palarong Pambansa will open on April 28 at the Davao City-University of the Philippines-Mindanao Sports Complex. — DEPED PHOTO
THE 18,000 delegates, including athletes and their supporting parties, have started arriving this week in Davao City for the 2019 Palarong Pambansa on April 27-May 4, and officials assured that all is set for the biggest national games for the youth.
The City Information Office said the City Health Office has completed the inspection of all billeting quarters of the athletes and coaches, particularly the toilets and shower rooms. CHO officer-in-charge Josephine J. Villafuerte said they have also cleared possible breeding sites of mosquitoes as well as set up health desks in the billeting areas and the playing venues. On security, the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) said all its units, along with force multipliers, are also prepared. PSSCC deputy head Angel B. Sumagaysay said there will be about 3,366 security personnel to be deployed coming from Task Force Davao, Philippine National Police, The 10O3rd Brigade, the 3rd Infantry Battalion, and Civil Security Unit. The games are scheduled to open on Sunday, April 28, at the Davao City-University of the Philippines-Mindanao Sports Complex. Mayor Sara Z. Duterte, in a statement, said, “We are more than thrilled to welcome around 18,000 of the country’s best student-athletes, coaches, delegation, officials, and technical officials here in the durian and cacao city of the south.”— Maya M. Padillo