This province will host the Palarong Pambansa next year.
The province got the nod after Gov. Amado T. Espino Jr. presented its bid before the Department of Education (DepEd) national office in Pasig City and the Philippines Sports Commission on November 17.
Administrator Rafael F. Baraan said the province has been awarded the hosting because of favorable billeting facilities, support of multi-sectoral agencies, international standards sport facilities, and records of holding national and international sports events.
The province bested Laguna, Marikina, Isabela and Mindoro for the bid.
The province hosted the Palarong Pambansa in 1995 during the administration of President Fidel V. Ramos. This paved the way for the construction of the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) here, as well as other sports facilities in other towns.
The NRSCC, aside from having a track oval, swimming pools, gym, basketball and tennis courts, also has billeting rooms for the delegates.
Sports development ranks among the main programs of Gov. Espino. This month alone, the province is hosting the 2nd Pangasinan Chess Festival, and the National MILO Little Olympics, which started today. (ANL/ARRF-PIO/PIA 1 Pangasinan)