There are plans to stage the Palarong Pambansa through online platforms this year.
Department of Education Director IV Joel Erestain said that they are finishing the blueprints that will make this happen.
“Yes, it's virtual this year. May identified na sports na,” said Erestain on Tuesday during the weekly online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
Erestain said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has compelled Palaro organizers to scrap their plans to hold outdoor events of the annual meet and instead focus on competitions that can be recorded on video and with its many participants confined to their homes.
If plans get approved by the board, participation will be limited to the 15 to 18 year old age category.
“We are finalizing this,” said Erestain, who added that the event needs the approval of the Palaro board and the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Erestain spoke on behalf undersecretary Tonisito Umali and appeared with MILO Sports executive Luigi Pumaren and volleyball star Alyssa Valdez in the occasion launching their partnership to promote fitness through the Milo Champion Habits program.
Going virtual with the Palaro will also depend on the situation concerning the coronavirus vaccine.
If the vaccines won’t be available, the Palaro will still be held online in 2022.
Education officials said that participants need not travel to other places to join the Palaro under this setup.
“As much as possible, hindi palalabasin ang mga bata sa bahay and in their localities. Exposure will be limited,” said Erestain.