Palarong Pambansa on DepEd’s Announcement of New Academic Calendar

The pandemic has greatly shifted many of our lives and everything revolving around it. One of the most formidable changes it has resulted in is the education in our country. Not only was the online setting the only thing new it brought upon, but a change in the academic calendar as well.

If you haven’t gotten the memo yet, DepEd scheduled the start of classes for the school year 2024-2025 on July 29. Signed by Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, DepEd Order No. 003 series of 2024 pushes back the end of the school year from June 14 to May 31. 

The shift in academic calendar was deemed necessary to respond to concerns regarding the intense heat during the summer months. Furthermore, DepEd 7 Director Jimenez also announced in addition to the changes in the academic landscape that the upcoming school year 2024-2025 will end by May 16, 2025.

This may seemingly cause some sort of conflict regarding graduating students who are to participate in the Palarong Pambansa, but Palaro is proactive in alleviating the competitors’ worries.

The eligibility of graduating students is not at all a problem. Department of Education Central Visayas (DepEd 7) Director Salustiano Jimenez recently confirmed that as long as the competitors adhere to the age restrictions, they can still compete from July 9 to July 16 in the national sporting event.


Palarong Pambansa is scheduled to have its opening ceremony on July 9 at the Cebu City Sports Center, an event that will be hosted by Cebu City for the first time in three decades.

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Ashley Cañete
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