DAVAO DEL NORTE—Organizers only need to iron out minor kinks before rolling out the red carpet to more than 10,000 athletes and officials for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa which starts in 17 days and highlighted by an opening ceremony extravaganza at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.
After a general meeting among heads of key committees from host Davao del Norte and the Department of Education (DepEd), media representatives and sponsors and stakeholders at the Office of the Governor Rodolfo del Rosario at the provincial capitol on Tuesday, Organizing Committee Secretariat Chairperson Sofonias P. Gabonada, Jr. declared the games as “green and go.”
“Everything is in place and what we need at the moment—which is 17 days before the games open—are finishing touches to make sure that operations go smoothly for the entire seven days of the Palaro,” Ponyong said. “The venues have always been ready and what is only needed are the athletes and officials and the fans.”
Only one—gymnastics which will be staged in nearby Panabo City—of the 35 venues for the 23 sports on the Davao del Norte Palaro program backed by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc. or TADECO, Damosa Land, Davao Packaging Corporation (DPC), Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT), and Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located outside city limits.
DepEd Department Legislative Liaison Specialist Francis Dela Cruz, DepEd Information Technology Officer 1 Deo Genito, Jr., Provincial Sports Coordinator Giovanni Gulanes, members of the provincial information office, the media, and other private partners, joined Gabonada in the general meeting believed to be the last for the communication and results team before the urn is lighted in the opening ceremony which will be held on May 4.
The Palaro will officially start on May 3 but the opening ceremony will be staged on May 4, a Monday, at the sprawling Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex where athletics, swimming and tennis will be held. The Rodolfo del Rosario Gym, a state-of-the-art and fully air-conditioned basketball arena is also within the complex but will be the venue for badminton.
The hosts are also bringing the games closer to the people of Davao del Norte by conducting taekwondo at the Gaisano Mall, table tennis and the demonstration sport of billiards at the NCCC and boxing at the Tagum Trade Center.
Competition schedules and programs of Palaro-related events, including cultural and tourism activities prepared by the hosts, will be available on the games website davnorpalaro2015.com later this week.