ILOCOS SUR, April 24, 2018 – After an intensive deliberation by the Palarong Pambansa Board, Davao City won the bid as the host of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) flagship sports program in 2019.
In a press conference held on April 14 at the Vigan City Convention Center, DepEd Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said: “The three bidders were extremely competitive – Davao City, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Misamis Occidental – knowing that each really prepared, but we have to consider the security aspect, billeting quarters, and readiness of the local government, and one edged out the two, leading to a unanimous vote of the Board for Davao City.”
The Education chief further relayed that the Board followed the requirements of the law in choosing the official host of the annual sporting event, just as how they went through the process of choosing Ilocos Sur as the host of the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.
Briones also expressed her gratitude to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, who graced the Palaro’s opening ceremonies on April 15, and acknowledged the trust and autonomy he has given to the Department: “We thank you for your non-interference in the very complicated and technically difficult decision to choose the next site of the Palarong Pambansa, which is Davao City. Thank you for not being part of the process.”
Meanwhile, Atty. Lawrence Bantiding, Assistant Administrator for Operations of Davao City, stressed that an executive order was released as early as 2016 by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, emphasizing the preparation for the bid. He further stated that the city mayor will serve as the Palaro lead organizer who will initiate the groundwork for the event.
DepEd Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary General Tonisito Umali, DepEd Region I Director Alma Ruby Torio, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Marjorie Jalosjos also joined the said press conference.