The Department of Education announced today that the provincial government of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete) won the bid for the hosting of Palarong Pambansa 2013.
In a letter addressed to Negros Oriental Governor Roel R. Degamo, Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC said that the decision was reached after a tedious selection and deliberation process taking into consideration the presentations made last October 19 and the report provided by the technical committee composed of officials of DepEd and the Philippine Sports Commission.
"The final choice is based on the result of the votes made by the Palarong Pambansa Board with 19 members present during the actual voting. With a vote of 11 for Dumaguete, seven for Negros Occidental, and one tied vote - the Department of Education is awarding to Negros Oriental the privilege of hosting the 2013 Palarong Pambansa," Luistro said.
He noted however that several conditions have to be met by Negros Oriental for the agreement to be finalized. This includes the submission of a formal letter of commitment to host the 2013 Palarong Pambansa indicating the provincial government's offer of counterpart funding and the Signing of a Memorandum of Agreement to firm up the roles and obligations of DepEd and the Provincial Government.
Luistro also thanked the provincial government of Negros Occidental (Bacolod) headed by Governor Alfredo Maranon for presenting their bid.
"As an overall assessment of both bids, we are very, very happy that both provinces presented themselves as very ready for Palaro 2013. If it is possible we would have 2 hosts for Palaro but since that is not possible, the committee had to choose one." said Luistro.