BARMM Basic Education DG Abdullah P. Salik, Jr. Visit BARMM Athletes Competing in 63rd Palaro

Credit: Department of Education (DepEd)

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By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 | Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN — Scitech and Digital News

MARIKINA CITY (SDN) — Officials of the Ministry of Basic, Education and Technical Education (MBHTE) of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) went around competition venues of the 63rd Palarong Pambansa 2023.

Palaro’s competition venues are scattered in Metro Manila to accommodate 46 sports events.

On August, 03, MBHTE Basic Education Director General Abdullah P. Salik, Jr., accompanied by Dr. Alkhan U. Sangkula (Director I), Bureau of Special Education Development (SPED), and Dr. Daud D. Kadono (Director I), Bureau of Alternative Learning System (ALS) as they went around venues where Bangsamoro athletes are competing.

MBHTE DG Abdullah P. Salik, Jr. shakes hands with BARMM athletes and encouraging them to compete well without forgetting sportsmanship and friends. (Photo: SDN – SciTech and Digital News)

Salik wanted to know the conditions of the MBHTE competitors and learn about any issues and concerns they may raise.

The BARMM officials stayed at least 30 minutes at the Simeon Covered Court, where the wrestling competition was being held at Simeona Village Subdivision, Concepcion, Marikina.

More or less 400-strong delegation from the BARMM are participating in the 63rd Palarong Pambansa here, the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.

MBHTE Deputy Minister Haron Meling is third from left. (Credit: MBHTE).

Of the 400 individuals, comprised of Muslim, Christian, and Indigenous People (IP), close to 300 are student-athletes competing in 46 sports disciplines.

Delegations for this year’s Palarong Pambansa (National Games) come from the country’s 17 regions, including the Bangsamoro. Total number of the participants was earlier pegged at over 9,000 — athletes, coaches, tournament officials, and school officials.

The MBHTE headed by Minister Mohagher M. Iqbal sent its athlete participants who are winners in the BARMM Athletic Association (BARMMAA) Regional Palaro staged in May 2023.

Iqbal’s party included MBHTE Deputy Minister Haron Meling, Salik, Assistant Secretary Sittie Mariam Balahim, Sports Director Yusoph “Thong” Amino, Sangkula, Kadono, and other regional education officials.

Photos: SDN – SciTech and Digital News)
GOTCHA! The red wrestler pins down his blue opponent which leads to a shorter battle.

The BARMM officials attended the Palaro Opening Ceremonies on July 31 at the Marikina Sports Center, which was preceded by colorful Parade of Athletes starting from the Marikina River Park. Parade participants all got wet as they braved pouring rain brought on by Typhoon Falcon and “Habagat”.

Even Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro joined the parade and got himself wet even with an umbrella he was using.

Symbol of MBHTE at its building at the Bagsamoro Government Center (BGC) in Cotabato City. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

The Palaro was forced on a three-year hiatus — 2020, 2021, 2022 — brought on by the coronavirus pandemic that hit the globe in December 2019, killing millions of people.

It is only this year the National Games is being held and, hopefully, in years the following years.

For the hosting of the Palaro, Department of Education (DepEd) partnered with the Marikina local government unit (LGU).

DepEd said it organized the Palaro and was first held in 1948. It’s “an annual multi-sport event involving student-athletes from 17 regions of the Philippines”.

Palaro’s objectives, per DepEd, cover the:

  • Promotion of Physical Education and sports as an integral part of the Basic Education curriculum for holistic development of the youth;
  • Inculcating of the spirit of discipline, teamwork, excellence, fair play, solidarity, sportsmanship, and other values inherent in sports;
  • Promotion and achieving peace by through of sports;
  • Widening the base for talent identification, selection, recruitment, training and exposure of elementary pupils and secondary students to serve as a feeder to the National Sports Association (NSA) for international competitions; and
  • Providing a database for a valid and universal basis to further improve the school sports development programs. (✓)

The Palarong Pambansa 2023 concludes tomorrow, August 5, with the awarding of medal winners at the Marikina Sports Center (MSC). (/)

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