NCR, NCAA, and Palarong Pambansa Sports Events Cancelled for 2020
- In light of the NCR, meet being indefinitely suspended.
- Two more major competitions also have been canned.
- The Philippines NCAA Athletics Meet and the Palarong Pambansa.
- With host Marikina pulling out, it now casts the Palaro hosting in 2020 into serious doubt.
- The DepEd had announced they would push through with the meet COVID or not.
- But with cases of COVID reported near Marikina, the Mayor has now withdrawn hosting.
- This also leaves in question the 2020 UAAP Athletics scheduled to start on March 21, Which has already been postponed 6 times whether, in fact, this will also follow suit?
- In the best interest of the young athlete’s health, Covid cases climb from 10 to 20 in the Philippines this week.
Breaking: Palarong Pambansa 2020 Sports Events 2020 will no longer be held in Marikina City this May
The Palarong Pambansa 2020 will no longer be held in Marikina City this May, Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro announced on Monday, less than an hour after confirming a case coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city.
“Putting the safety of the athletes and their families first, Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro suspends the Palarong Pambansa 2020 in May because of the threat posed by COVID-19,” read the short press statement from the Marikina Local Government Unit (Marikina LGU).
In January 2020, the Department of Education announced that the annual sports meet for elementary and high school students would be held in the Shoe Capital of the Philippines after the original host Occidental Mindoro’s withdrawal following the damages it faced brought by Typhoon Tisoy.
Teodoro earlier confirmed that an 86-year-old male living in Marikina City, who recently traveled to South Korea, tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor ordered massive disinfection in the city, noting that a memorandum for the strict compliance of disinfection in schools, malls, and other public spaces will be issued immediately.
Palarong Pambansa Sports Events DEPED Guidelines
Please note the Palaro hasn’t been canceled formally by the DEPED, but Marikina has withdrawn from hosting the event. Below are some shared memorandums regarding precautions etc.
Palarong Pambansa 2020 “Give it a Miss.”
With the COVID-19 showing no signs of slowing down. The Palarong Pambansa 2020 is inevitably canceled along with most of the Philippines’ sports events for 2020. Without a host and no-host wanting to risk contaminating its populace with 10,000+ people athletes, managers, coaches, etc., pouring in. It seems like 2020 is likely to ‘Give Palaro a Miss.
List of Upcoming Events that are doubtful and will likely not be held this year at all
Palaro to push through despite Corona Virus Fears
Feb 6, 2020
The 2020 Palarong Pambansa in Marikina will go on as scheduled. In conclusion, the Department of Education backed down on its earlier decision to postpone it and will no longer include the national games in its list of events that it will put on hold.
However, DepEd officials clarified that national and regional competitions for students in February are the only ones they are canceling amidst the risk posed by the novel coronavirus.
For instance, Education Secretary Leonor Briones issued a memorandum late Tuesday night. Listing the events that the department canceled and planned for the month.
“Upon the advice of [Department of Health], all national and regional activities involving learners and/or teachers requiring travel and congregation of various schools, divisions, and/or regions are suspended,” it read.
However, the suspension will only cover the National Science and Technology Fair’s staging, the National Schools Press Conference, and the National Festival of Talents.
Marikina to host 2020 Palaro as Occidental Mindoro Withdraws
By Drew Malihan