It’s green and go for Palaro

MANILA, Philippines – Organizers only need to iron out minor kinks before rolling out the red carpet to more than 10,000 athletes and officials for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa which starts in 17 days with an opening ceremony extravaganza at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.

After a general meeting among heads of key committees from host Davao del Norte and the Department of Education (DepEd), media representatives and sponsors and stakeholders at the office of Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario at the provincial capitol on Tuesday, organizing committee secretariat chairperson Sofonias Gabonada Jr. declared the games as “green and go.”

“Everything is in place and what we need at the moment which is 17 days before the games open are finishing touches to make sure that operations go smoothly for the entire seven days of the Palaro,” Gabonada said. “The venues have always been ready and what are only needed are the athletes and officials.”

Only one gymnastics which will be staged in nearby Panabo City of the 35 venues for the 23 sports is located outside the city limits.

The event is backed by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company Inc., Damosa Land, Davao Packaging Corporation (DPC), Davao International Container Terminal, Inc. (DICT), and Pearl Farm Beach Resort.

The Palaro will officially start May 3 but the opening rites will be staged May 4.