DAGUPAN CITY – The groundwork for the Department of Education’s National Festival of Talents has now been laid out, following a planning conference from January 3 to 4 at Star Plaza Hotel.

After earlier hosting the Regional Festival of Talents, the city will once again host the NFOT which will be held from January 28 to February 1.

Anchored on the theme: “Celebrating Diversity through the Performance of Talents and Skills for Sustainable Inclusive Education”, the event will be the first NFOT that will include learners with disabilities, out of school youth and Muslim learners.

Mayor Fernandez, pledged her full support for the success of the event.

“I’m giving my support to this event because this will encourage our children to explore the talents and capabilities. This is also timely as the city government is working hard to ensure that the city’s children will have plenty of opportunities to develop their gifts,” said Fernandez.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Dr. Malcolm Garma disclosed that with the support of the city government, this will also be the first NFOT where participants will each be using brand new instruments and equipment.

“Hindi tayo nagkamali for choosing Dagupan (as host city), not just because of the support of Mayor Fernandez but because of the atmosphere and the environment (shown) that we value our children, we value what they can do and what they can be,” added Dir. Garma.

At least 2,700 delegates from all 17 regions are expected to participate in the competitions from the National Festival of Talents. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)