2012 Palaro athletes undergo strict screening procedure
To ensure fairness and honesty in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa, the screening and accreditation of athletes for the annual multi-sport event has started on April 28, led by the National Screening and Accreditation Committee (NSAC).
The committee is composed of 25 members, eight of which come from the Department of Education Central Office, and one authorized representative each from 17 participating regions.
Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, Secretary General of 2012 Palaro, highlights the importance of the screening process, “we are strictly following the rules and guidelines for the screening and accreditation to make sure that the Palaro will be free from any controversy.”
NSAC has the duty to evaluate and verify the authenticity of the documents of athletes, coaches and chaperons as soon as the regional delegations are on their respective billeting quarters. Also, it is tasked to accredit qualified participants and formulate ground rules not covered by the guidelines on eligibility, as stated in Enclosure 3 of DepEd Memorandum No. 75,s. 2012.
To qualify for the Palarong Pambansa, athletes must be Filipino citizens, elementary or secondary from public or private schools who have participated in Division and Regional Meets.
As a general rule, elementary athletes shall play in the elementary division while secondary athletes shall play in the secondary division. Athletes who have been declared overage will not be allowed to play in the competition. However, elementary athletes who have been declared overage in elementary level may be allowed to play in secondary level.
Acquiring failing grades in more than two core subjects in the second grading period is also a ground for disqualification. Athletes who are past or current members of the National Team, National Training Pool and/or Development Pool, receiving monthly stipend from the Philippine Sports Commission or those who have played in SEA Games, ASEAN Games and/or Olympic Games, will not be allowed to compete.
NSAC shall consider replacements for disqualified athletes during the period of screening.
The screening and accreditation will end on May 3.