This is actually the announcemet of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC during the putting their signature to of the memorandum of understanding involving the department and this year's host the provincial government of Pangasinan displayed by Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Luistro said the department will seriously pursue the campaign to make the Palaro an environment-friendly affair by wanting food caterers to eliminate plastic and styrofor in the preparation of dishes. "We started this in Dipolog, Zamboanga recently, we will get it done better this year," said Luistro.
On another clean aspect, Luistro publicized that the DepEd will guarantee that athlete screening process and games officiating are going to be clean and reasonable to all consistent with the real spirit of the sporting event.
"The Palaro is a location for values formation among our junior, this is where positive Filipino principles should apply," he explained.
Luistro added that the Palaro ought not to be made a once-a- year event but a consistent activity to really produce the athletic power and sportsmanship of the young. Similarly, the games venue must not be so constructed as to last for just a year. "It must be made to last a long time so that many professional athletes can use it for a steady sports system."
The 2012 Palarong Pambansa is scheduled from May 6 to 12, 2012 to generally be participated in by elementary and secondary learners from public and private schools.
As stipulated in DepEd Memo No. 22 series of 2012, this year's host of the annual nationwide sporting occasion is the provincial government of Pangasinan and DepEd Regional Office 1 helped by the schools division office of Pangasinan and the city schools department offices of San Carlos City and Dagupan City.
DepEd has assigned some P136.5 million for this year's Palaro. Almost all of the functions will be played at the Narciso Ramos Sports Center in Lingayen although the other parts will be in the cities of San Carlos and Dagupan and the towns of Bugallon and Binmaley. Some 10,000 athletes, mentors and sports officers from the country's 17 regions are anticipated to take part in the country's most significant sports spectacle.
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Pupil -athletes who stand out from the Palaro serve as feeder to the National Sports Associations for more teaching for international tournaments. "In a way, the final results of the Palaro provide a database for a more sound and applicable school progression program," added Luistro.
The sporting activities are softball, swimming, , taekwondo basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, athletics, arnis, badminton, baseball (women's artistic gymnastics, men's artistic gymnastic and rhythmic gymnastics), sipa takraw, sepak takraw, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball.