HIGHLIGHT: A grade 3 teacher at Oas, Albay trained two of Para Games participants from his pockets, one of them bagged silver medal.
A teacher from Maramba Elementary School in Oas town, Joseph Villareal carried PWD (persons with disability) students at the Guinobatan sports complex during trainings which lasted one week and did the same during the competition at Bicol University Sports Tourism Complex.
While the school provided food and transportation allowances and the Department of Education (DepEd) took care of the uniforms, Villareal spent for other expenses.
It was a sweet victory as one of Villareal's grade 8 student bagged two silver medals for the 50-meter breast stroke and 50-meter backstroke events.
“I’m very happy because Jhon Paul showed off his prowess in the swimming competition under the orthopedically-impaired category despite not [having] enough training... Next year we will aim for the gold,” the coach said.
Perneseta will receive P4, 000 in cash from DepEd.
This year's Palarong Pambansa is joined by 684 PWDs.
The torchbearer of this year's national games for students from both public and private schools is also a PWD. This is history after 59 years since the games were opened.
Photo Credit: Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler