AS the Palarong Pambansa celebrates its 60th edition, the Department of Education bared plans for a first-ever Parangal Achievement Award that will honor a standout athlete who traces his roots to the country’s national games.
Education assistant secretary Tonisito Umali said they will give the prestigious honor this year in Antique to a notable product of the Palarong Pambansa who went on to a successful athletic career.
The award is meant to inspire the young Palaro athletes, he added.
Umali said the DepEd has alredy chosen from a short list of athletes who will be given the award. He didn’t bare the identity of the athlete but Umali said the recipient will be a legend of Philippine sports.
“Meron na po, hindi lang po namin mabanggit pero ang idea po ng Palarong Pambansa Parangal Achievement Award ay ‘yung isang alumna ng Palaro na nagbigay ng karangalan sa ibang bansa na puwedeng maging inspirasyon ng mga Palaro athletes,” said Umali on Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
Umali added the recipient will also be given P50,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Antique to personally receive the award in the opening ceremony of the games on April 23.