The Department of Education (DepEd) and the local government of Cebu City have entered into a collaboration for the 2024 Palarong Pambansa.
Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio, along with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, formally signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to facilitate thorough preparations for this year’s Palarong Pambansa during a ceremony held at the Community Hall on the 9th floor of the Cebu City Hall Executive Building.
“We affirm our unwavering dedication to strengthening our support for young athletes. Our primary goal is to equip them with the necessary tools to nurture discipline, resilience, and the indomitable spirit required to pursue their athletic passions,” Duterte said in a press release posted on the DepEd official website on Saturday.
“The unique character and vaunted hospitality of Cebu City will make this year’s Palaro even more memorable for all our student-athletes,” she added.
For the third occasion, Cebu City is set to be the host of the esteemed annual multi-sporting event. The city previously hosted the event in 1954 and 1994.
“We’ve been waiting for 30 years for this moment. In fact, the Cebu City Sports Center was built 30 years ago, specific to the hosting of Palarong Pambansa in Cebu City,” Cebu City Sports Commission chairman John Pages said, noting the city’s readiness and sporting venues to be completed soon.
According to the MOA, the DepEd will collaborate with Cebu City to ensure the implementation of security measures, transportation, communication provisions, and other necessities for the competition.
Conversely, Cebu City will establish and convene the Local Palaro Executive Committee (LPEC) and Secretariat. The city will also facilitate the acquisition of funds for the tournament, specifically allocated for the construction and refurbishment of sports facilities, billeting quarters, and other infrastructure required for hosting the Palarong Pambansa.
The Palarong Pambansa, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was hosted by Marikina City last year.
The 2019 iteration of the competition, catering to elementary and high school students, took place in Davao City.