CAR lauded as most improved delegation

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WITH its surprising fifth place overall finish in the recently concluded 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna, Cordillera Administrative Region was lauded as the most improved delegation according to Department of Education secretary Armin Luistro.

Regional sports coordinator for DepEd-CAR Agustin Gumuwang, who was present during the closing ceremonies, confirmed to Sun.Star Baguio the recognition conferred by the Education Secretary.

"Yes we were recognized as the most improved delegation for this year, although it has been said and done to other regions for the past years, it is a very heart-warming appreciation coming directly from secretary Luistro himself," Gumuwang said.


Gumuwang said the recognition also poses as a challenge for next year's Palaro to either retain or at least improve the medal count of Cordillera.

"Siyempre we are really looking at it as a big challenge so now we will be looking on plans how to develop better programs for our athletes by starting to meet with the different division superintendents," Gumuwang added.

From a tenth overall stint in Negros Occidental last year, CAR catapulted its way hauling an all-time high of 24 gold, 11 silver, and 12 bronze medals during the closing ceremonies held at Sta. Cruz Sports Complex May 10.

Cordillera capped a 7-4-2 tally from the elementary division for a ninth place finish while the secondary division earned a total of 17-7-10 to record fourth place outing.

High school and elementary jins competing in kyorugi and poomsae sacked a total of 11 gold medals including three silver and four bronze medal to bring home the over-all crown anew of the tournament backed by the Department of Education and Philippine Sports Commission.

Meanwhile, arnis, who drew first blood for the region, capped 5-3-3 from the anyo (form) contest and 4-0-1 in the labanan (sparring) to boost CAR with a total of 9-3-4.

Archery also strengthened the gold tally of the region after adding 4-2-3 mostly reaped from the secondary boys division courtesy of Quint Abeijah Amongan.

Regional Director for DepEd-CAR Ellen Donato said the region is very happy with the outcome of this year’s Palaro.

“We very happy with the performances of our athletes including the amendments done in the laws of Palaro, after all we were vindicated from the former point system into the newly adopted medal count system,” Donato said.

“Kung nangyari na iyon dati pa lang we should have been entering the top 5 overall earlier pa, but right now we are just very happy and proud to be improving very well,” Donato added.

Last year, CAR would have finished 8th overall with its 16-8-19 record but ranked number ten based on DepEd’s point system conversion acquiring 104.17 points.

According to DepEd-CAR, the department earmarked a total of P7 million as budget for its delegation in the 2014 Palaro.

Donato also encouraged everyone to continue supporting the sports development especially here in the region.

“I can see our athletes are doing very well and I encourage that we all give our full support to them since after all this is a very surprising result in Palaro and CAR delegation history,” Donato said.

Medallist from Palarong Pambansa were given monetary incentives courtesy of DepEd amounting to P1,000, P750, and P500 for gold, silver, and bronze medals accordingly.

National Capital Region once again dominated the competition with its 107-64-56 harvest , as Calabarzon (Region 4-A) was at far second with 38-51-51 while Western Visayas (Region 6) was in third after a modest haul of 32-33-38.

Central Visayas claimed number four with an identical 24 gold medal haul but had 27 silver and 41 bronze medal to dislodge the highland region athletes in number four after occupying the spot for four days.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 14, 2014.


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