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LINGAYEN — Some 600 sports officials from various schools in Luzon are now in the province of Pangasinan for the National Accreditation Course and Training of Coaches for Demonstration Sports Events in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Palarong Pambansa on May 4-10 in Laguna province.
The activity comes into two batches – January 13 to 15 and January 17 to 19- with the coaches from Regions 1-V including National Capital Region (CAR) and Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) participating.
In his welcome remarks in today’s opening ceremony at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here, Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard Baraan, in behalf of Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., stressed the crucial role school officials in promoting excellence in the field of sports.
“The true essence of the holding of this activity is to instill self-discipline, professionalism and excellence among our athletes, and this could only be realized with having a pool of school sports officials who have real training grounds for bringing up future world champions of our country,” Baraan said.
“The first global activity is sports, and with this there is no such thing as middle ground. It is either you are the best, or you are nothing, and that is why we need well-experienced coaches and officiating officials in the different sporting events coming from the Department of Education,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Josefina “Iday Castaneda of Lingayen town together with Pangasinan I Schools Division Superintendent Dra. Alma Ruby C. Torio and Assistant School Superintendent Dra. Shiela A. Primicias have also welcomed the participants as they thanked Gov. Espino for making Pangasinan as a venue of the different national and regional sporting events.
Jessica Brillantes of DepEd national office who represented Assistant DepEd Secretary Tunisito Umali, likewise, expressed her gratitude to the provincial government of Pangasinan for again hosting the National Accredited Course.
“Your province is well-known not only for its having a well-equipped sports facilities in the country but also because of your hospitability and high respect to visitors like us.,” she said.
It can be recalled that Pangasinan hosted twice the Palarong Pambansa in 1995 and in year 2012 in which DepEd officials branded the province as the benchmark for the holding of the annual national games.
Following the DepEd Memorandum Order No. 2-S2014, the accreditation course aims to accredit qualified schools sports officiating officials for school sports competitions as well as to update them on the latest trends, rules and regulations on their respective sports disciplines.
The first batch of activity will dwell on archery, arnis, badminton, boxing, gymnastics, lawn tennis, softball, sepak takraw and volleyball.
The next batch will be on athletics, basketball, baseball, chess, football, table tennis, taekwondo and swimming.
The training will also include demonstration sports like futsal, billiard, wushu and wrestling and to be conducted on the same day. These sports will be introduced during the Palarong Pambansa, and would eventually become part in the future sporting events.
The accreditation course, ends on January 19, and is sponsored by the DepEd national office in cooperation with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and National Sports Association (NSA).