Thursday, April 14, 2016

NCR doubles gold medals to 40 on Palaro Day 4
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, April 14 (PNA) -- The National Capital Region (NCR) still leads the 18 delegations competing in the Palarong Pambansa 2016 being held now at the Albay Sports and Tourism Complex inside the Bicol University here.

From 21 gold medals as of Tuesday night, the NCR had plucked 40 golds as of Wednesday night count, with 23 bronze and 19 silver medals won in various games.

Region IV-A dislodged Region VI from the second place by posting 20 gold, 14 bronze and 18 silver medals.

Region VI slid to third with 18 - 13 – 14; while Region X inched up to fourth from fifth with its 10 - 12 – 17 score, exchanging places with Region VII which had 10 – 10 - 12.

The newly created region, the NIRAA, went up from ninth to sixth with 9 - 12 – 12.

Also exchanging rankings were Region XII, 9 - 6 – 10, and CARAA, 7 - 11 – 8.

CARAA used to be seventh with 7 - 9 - 5; and Region XII, eighth, with 6 - 4 - 9,.

Maintaining its ninth position is Region III, hauling in 5 - 4 – 10.

Others that had gold medals as of Wednesday night were ARMM, 3 - 3 – 4; Region XI, 2 - 11 – 5; Bicol, 2 - 6 – 6; Region II, 2 - 3 – 3; Region IV B, 2 - 1 – 5 and Region VIII, 1 - 1 – 3.

Those that have not yet garnered any gold medal are Region I, 0 - 6 – 6; Region IX, 0 - 3 – 3; and CARAGA, 0 - 2 – 2.

The overall combined harvests of the competing regions are 140 gold, 140 bronze and 157 silver medals.

The Department of Education has placed at stake 485 gold, silver and bronze medals for the winners in the elementary level and 610 medals for the secondary.

Palarong Pambansa Secretary General Cesar Abalon earlier said he expected a tighter competition among the regions due to the new program of preparations the DepEd has made like in the case of the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), which had previously not entered the Top Ten but landed in the Top 4 in the Palarong Pambansa 2015.

Its current standing as of Wednesday night was at eighth place.

For this year's Palaro, the DepEd included the special games for players with handicap -- especially in swimming, athletics and ballgames -- and, especially the blind chess because the department plans to formally include them in the Palarong Pambansa 2017 in the Visayas Region .

For now, this category has not been included in the medal standing.

With the implementation of the K-12 or senior high school, there will be age adjustments in 2017 wherein those aged 17 and 18 will be included, thus, resulting in higher performance level of the players. (PNA) BNB/FGS/NIM/CBD/EBP