400-Strong BARMM Delegation Arrives in Manila with 282 Athletes for Palarong Pambansa 2023; Host Marikina City is Ready

BARMM winning athletes who win gold medal to receive from MBHTE a total of Php50 cash incentive for individual sport, Php10,000 for winning coach; and Php70,000 for team sport

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MANILA (SDN) — Bangsamoro region’s 400-strong delegation for the Palarong Pambansa (National Games) 2023 arrived on air travel in the Philippine capital on Tuesday, July 25.

Following their plane’s touchdown at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, the delegation took buses to Marikina City, the Palaro host from July 29 to August 05.

Images: Tu Alid Alfonso.

SDN — SciTech and Digital News learned about this from a report made by Tu Alid Alfonso of Bangsamoro Multimedia Network (BMN).

The BARMM delegation was sent by the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education (MBHTE), under the leadership of Education Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal, who was expected to join the delegation later.

It was only recently the MBHTE staged the BARMM Athletic Association (BARMMAA) regional athletic competition on May 25-29 in Cotabato City, capital of the Bangsamoro region.

BARMM 282 athletes qualified for the Palaro are winners in BARMMAA 2023.

Dr. Yusoph “Thong” Amino, bureau director for Physical Education and Sports Development (MBHTE-PESD), said the 400 delegation members included regional staff, athletes, coaches, officers from the Bangsamoro Sports Commission (BSC), which has a team of members.

Amino told SDN in a text message that 282 of the 400 delegation members are athletes and coaches, while there are 112 Technical Working Group (TWG) members and officials.

BARMM Chief Minister Al-Hajj Murad Ebrahim. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Balawag “Al-Hajj Murad” Ebrahim is head of the Bangsamoro delegation.

“BARMM delegates’ main objectives are to establish friendship and fight for gold in the National Games, which was suspended for three years — 2020, 2021, 2022 — because of the coronavirus pandemic that broke out from Wuhan City, Hubei province, China, in December 2019 and spread across the world. The virus killed nearly seven million people globally.

BARMM winning athletes who win gold medal will receive from MBHTE a total of Php50 cash incentive for individual sport, Php10,000 for winning coach; and Php70,000 for team sport. BARMM has only two team sports event — Volleyball Elementary Boys and Football Elementary Boys.

Industrial Valley Elementary School (IVES) and Senior High School (SHS) of the host city are home for the BARMM delegation.

MBHTE Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

The Palaro opening ceremony will be held on July 31 at the Marikina Sports Complex.

It can be recalled the Department of Education (DepEd) headed by Vice President and DepEd Secretary Inday Sara Duterte signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on July 21 with the Marikina local government unit (LGU) for the hosting of the National Games.

The host city executive, Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro has assured readiness for his LGU’s acceptance of some 9,172 student athletes, coaches, and officials from the country’s 17 regions.

The athletes are set to compete in 34 sports disciplines while demonstration sports will also be staged.

“It’s all systems go for the Palarong Pambansa 2023,” Teodoro declared of the readiness of Marikina, the Philippine Shoe Capital.

The city mayor has assured Marikina’s health preparations as he announced tapping 10 hospitals to provide medical services to delegates who maybe injured or meet an accident in the course of the Palaro. He also mentioned “indemnification and hospitalization fund of delegates” sports-related injury or accident covering July 26 to August 06.

Images: Tu Alid Alfonso.

“The indemnity fund and hospitalization fund will be both covered by Marikina City,” Teodoro said.

“The indemnity fund and the hospitalization fund will be both covered by Marikina City,” Teodoro said.

Below is the list of the hospitals: Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, Marikina Valley Medical Center, St. Vincent Hospital, St. Anthony Medical Center, Garcia General Hospital, Salve Regina Hospital, St. Victoria Hospital, SDS Medical Center, P. Gonzales Hospital and Mattheus Hospital.

MBHTE Bureau Director for Sports Dr. Yusoph ‘Thong’ Amino at the meeting. (Images: MBHTE)

Meanwhile, a day after the BARMM delegation’s arrival, the MBHTE Technical Committees for the Palarong Pambansa conducted their first preparatory meeting led by Amino at the Industrial Valley Complex in Marikina City.

They tackled various issues and concerns of the Palaro, covering playing venues, schedules, health and safety of the participants, security protocols, and many other topics. (/)

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