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DepEd School Sports Program

October 12, 2011

DepEd Order No. 79, s. 2011

Creating the School Sports Events and Activities Unit (SSEAU) and Dissolving the Task Force On School Sports (TFSS)


Assistant Secretaries
Bureau Directors
Directors of Services, Centers and Heads of Units
Regional Directors
Schools Division/City Superintendents
Heads, Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools

1. In order to enhance the school sports program of the Department of Education (DepEd) and to improve the coordination of various school sports events and activities at the local, national and international levels, a new unit shall be created and named as School Sports Events and Activities Unit (SSEAU), in lieu of the Task Force on School Sports (TFSS).

2. The SSEAU shall have the following functions and responsibilities:

  • manage the conduct of the Palarong Pambansa and all other school sports events and activities at the local, national and international levels involving pupils/students in public and private elementary and secondary schools;
  • develop after school sports programs to provide pupils/students an equal opportunity to learn, to play and to enjoy a variety of team and individual sports;
  • coordinate with persons/units at the DepEd Central Office and in regional and division offices and non-DepEd offices which are designated to handle sports matters; and
  • serve as the Secretariat of the Palarong Pambansa Board.

3. The present TFSS members who are affected by this dissolution are hereby directed to return to their mother units.

4. Undersecretary (Usec) Rizalino D. Rivera as Vice Chairman of the Palarong Pambansa Board and Assistant Secretary (Asec) Tonisito M.C. Umali as Officer-in- Charge of the School Sports Development Program of DepEd are hereby authorized to designate the new members of the SSEAU.

5. In lieu of the TFSS, the SSEAU shall be under the supervision of Asec Umali, pursuant to DepEd Memorandum No. 5, s. 2011 entitled Designation of Assistant Secretary Tonisito M.C. Umali as Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the School Sports Development Program.

6. The Office Order entitled Creating a Task Force on Schools Sports dated January 2, 2001 and the Office Order entitled Addendum to Office Order dated January 19, 2011 are hereby repealed. All other DepEd Memoranda and Orders which are inconsistent with this Order are hereby repealed, modified or amended accordingly.

7. Immediate dissemination of and compliance with this Order is directed.


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