BANTAY, Ilocos Sur – Billeting athletes from district to provincial to regional meets and up to the Palarong Pambansa is a huge logistical challenge to organizers. During this year’s Palarong Pambansa held in Ilocos Sur from April 15 -21, the organizers had once again faced the same challenge of housing a thousand athletes from all over the country.
One of the designated billeting school for Palarong Pambansa 2018 is the 113-year old Ilocos Sur National High School in Vigan City. The school was judged as the number one best billeting school of Palarong Pambansa 2018 announced by no less than the secretary-general of PP 2018 and DepEd undersecretary Tonisito Umali during the closing ceremony of the national games at the President Elpidio Quirino stadium.
Contingents from Davao Region and Region 3 were billeted in the school which is the biggest high school in the province located at Barangay Pagburnayan. Dr. Romulo Quitevis is its principal.
There are three schools for the second prize in best billeting school. These are in Cabugao town where Cagayan Valley Region stayed: Cabugao North Central School led by Rodel Suniega, principal; Cabugao South Central School led by Estrellita Siruno, principal; and Cabugao Institute led by Maria Rondon, principal.
The third best billeting school is Narvacan National High School in Narvacan town led by Emilio Ayson, Jr. where the delegation from Region 10 stayed.
These schools were judged according to the courtesy and hospitality of the school staff during the hosting of the delegates in their respective schools, said Umali. Other criteria included the quick action of the school head on concerns of the delegates, support services to them, the support of the respective local government units and security of the delegates.
The beautiful partnership of Davao Region and ISNHS made the school as the best billeting school of PB 2018, said Glenn U. Tadena, assistant principal II for operations and learners support.
“Davao Region is very organized. The advance party showed us the list of requests which our teachers and staff tried to provide. The officials said that our support for them will yield benefits for the school,” he said.
Aside from the P30,000 prize the school won, it also received from Davao Region the improved kitchen which they used during the palaro. It has three parts, the pantry, preparation area and cooking area. The washing area is outside and protected from insects by nets. This will be used by the senior high school students of ISNHS.
“What also helped us win the award is the good discipline of each of the athletes, coaches, chaperones, and everyone from the region,” said Tadena. In eating they all fall in line, after eating they place their wastes in one bin, and each spoon, fork, plate, bowl in their proper places.
The delegates, especially the officials are so strict on cleanliness that every trash like the plastic bottled caps were all picked up and placed in the proper garbage bin. The more than 200 teachers of the school who reported daily by schedule helped in the cleaning of every part of the school
To fulfil its goal for zero waste, the region conducted a competition in the cleanest, greenest and most eco-friendly of all the sleeping quarters. This helped much in keeping the school clean, said Tadena.
Davao Region was keenly organized. It had one area for hanging clothes. Outside of the school, were the loading, unloading areas, and an announcer who guided the delegates to their respective buses or jeepneys. Schedules for every activity were strictly followed. The personal things of delegates had a place for everything.
Other factors that helped ISNHS include the discipline of the athletes, the constant monitoring, inspection of every part of the school and planning of daily activities morning and afternoon by concerned officials. Davao officials also had all canals covered, every leak from faucets repaired, and more lights installed.
Davao Region built a Unity Fountain in one corner of the school as a lasting symbol of gratitude to the school. This and other artworks with the improved kitchen were the only things it left at the school because unlike other schools which greatly improved after their stay, ISNHS is already a well-developed school.
To help defray expenses of the school in electricity and water, Davao Region gave P10,000 and Region III gave P50,000.00. (ajc/ICR/PIA1 Ilocos Sur)