2023 'Palarong Pambansa' to be held from July 29 to Aug. 5 --- DepEd 

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced the conduct of this year's Palarong Pambansa in Marikina City.

(DepEd file photo)

DepEd Memorandum No.005, s.2023 signed by Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo, dated Jan. 26, said that the Palarong Pambansa will be held this year under Republic Act No. 10588 or the “Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013.”

The culminating competitions for the 2023 Palarong Pambansa will be held from July 29 to Aug. 5, DepEd said.

It will be hosted by Marikina's local government unit (LGU) with the DepEd National Capital Region (NCR) office and the Schools Division Office of Marikina City.

The event, DepEd said, will be participated in by the 17 DepEd regional athletic associations. “Filipino athletes enrolled in recognized schools overseas shall also be allowed to participate under the banner of Philippine Schools Overseas (PSOs),” DepEd added.

Based on the recommended schedule of activities for the 2023 Palaro, the Division Meets should be held during the mid-year break from Feb. 6 to 10 while the Regional Meets should take place at the end of the Third Academic Quarter from April 24 to 28.

The Clustered Pre-National Qualifying Meets are scheduled during School Break from July 17 to 21 before the culminating competitions.

DepEd said that the Regional Offices (ROs) and SDOS “may opt to deviate” from the recommended dates and conduct their respective meets on a staggered per sport/s basis on a different schedule provided that there are “no disruption of regular classes” among participating student-athletes.

To comply with the provisions of DepEd Order No. 034 series of 2022 titled School Calendar Activities for the School Year (SY) 2022-2023, particularly on the prevention of disruption of classes and in strict observance of the Covod-19 minimum public health and safety protocols, DepEd said that a “modified competition format” shall be adopted for the 2023 edition of the Palarong Pambansa.

The conduct of Palarong Pambansa has been canceled since 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.