President Rodrigo Duterte believes the annual multi-sport event in the country could hasten the Filipino youth to leading the Philippines.
In the opening ceremonies of the Palarong Pambansa 2018, the President stressed this could further unleash the potentials of youth-athletes.
“More than just a showcase of the Filipino youth’s talents and skills in the field of sports, the Palarong Pambansa serves as a training ground for future leaders and national builders whose values and principles are founded on perseverance, discipline, teamwork, integrity, and love of country,” he said in his speech.
Duterte stressed his administration will continue to support the needs of Filipino athletes.
“The government remains steadfast in promoting physical education, encouraging sports programs and supporting athletes, especially as they compete in international events,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lydia De Vega-Mercado was given the Palarong Pambansa Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening rites. Her daughter Steph, who is set to make a pro volleyball return via expansion club Petro Gazz in the upcoming PVL Reinforced Conference, accepted the award on her behalf.
The President showed his support to the participants as he graced the Palarong Pambansa 2018 at the Quirino Stadium in Vigan, Ilocos Sur on April 15.