This year's Palarong Pambansa at Lingayen, Pangasinan will be on May 6 to 12, 2012. Elementary and secondary students from public and private schools compete for national athletic and they all set and ready for this sport event. As stipulated in DepEd Memo No. 22 series of 2012, this year’s host of the annual national sporting event is the provincial government of Pangasinan and DepEd Regional Office 1 assisted by the schools division office of Pangasinan and the city schools division offices of San Carlos City and Dagupan City.
Department of Education Secretary Br. Armin a. Luistro FSC described the Palaro as “an important component of the basic education curriculum because it promotes physical education and sports which are part of the full development of the youth’s potential.”Moreover “when we say total human development, we mean to develop persons who are physically fit, socially responsible, and globally competitive" he reiterated.
DepEd has allocated a budget of P136.5 million for this year’s Palaro. Most of the events will be played at the Narciso Ramos Sports Center in Lingayen while the rest will be in the cities of San Carlos and Dagupan and the towns of Bugallon and Binmaley. Some 10,000 athletes, coaches and sports officials from the country’s 17 regions are expected to participate in the country’s biggest sports spectacle.
Student–athletes who stand out from the Palaro serve as feeder to the National Sports Associations for further training for international competitions. “In a way, the results of the Palaro provide a database for a more sound and relevant school development program,” added Luistro. The National Executive Committee of the Palaro is chaired by the Undersecretary for Regional Operations. Acting as co-chairmen are the provincial governor and the DepEd