Feature: All roads lead to Tagum
by RG Alama
Davao City (30 January) -- All roads lead to Tagum for the National Schools Press Conference or NSPC which will be held this February 21-226.
According to Department of Education –XI Regional Director Susana Estigoy, an estimated 3,400 participants coming from the 17 regions of the country will converge in Tagum City.
Estigoy said that the NSPC, a gathering of top campus writers from different schools in the country is one of the most prestigious assembly of students rivaling those of another event, the athletic meet Palarong Pambansa.
"Historically you could consider this the first time Region XI is hosting in the event although years back, South Cotabato which was then part of Region XI hosted the NSPC," Estigoy said.
DepEd Tagum City Superintendent Nenita Lumaad said that Tagum came to host the event when participants indicated in their evaluation forms their preference for the next NSPC to be held in Davao and subsequently it was the local government unit of Tagum City which indicated its willingness to host the event.
Also the scheduled Musikahan Festival in Tagum this February 19-28, alongside arts and culture events hosted by the City in line with the National Arts Month weighed heavily on the City's favor. Estigoy said that among the guidelines for the hosts of NSPC's is the presence of other cultural events which could serve as sidelines and interests.
She cited Baguio City which hosted the NSPC amidst the celebration of their Panagbenga flower festival.
The City Government of Tagum is all out in supporting the event, one of its primemovers, Vice-Mayor Allan Rellon who was once a NSPC participant assured the city's readiness in hosting the event. The hosting of the NSPC were among those tackled during the City's Peace and Order Council Meeting in which he said the City is making a stand that security measures will not be taken lightly during the event.
The head of the Tagum City Police Office, Chief Inspector Guiseppi Geralde said that with all the security measures in place they can say that Tagum is the safest place to live.
Aside from peace and order, the city has installed electricity and water supply to testing centers and billeting facilities providing comforts like the provision of electric fans and beddings of which the city has purchased about 3,000 foamed mattresses for the comfort of the participants. (PIA XI) [top]