MANILA, Philippines – House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who also heads the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), announced that the country is now 100 percent ready to host the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in November.
After inspecting the sports complex in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac on Wednesday, Cayetano said the facilities to be used for the event have been completed.
“We are 100% ready. Now ang challenges natin ay ‘yung day-to-day. Remember, you’ll have more than 20,000 people, you’ll have 56 sports and around 500 events, so, handling all of these, the traffic, ‘yung food, ‘yung pangangailangan ng athletes, angal ng mga coaches, tapos may mga royalty and head of states… so it’s really the 11 days.
The Philippines will host the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11, 2019. Around 12,000 athletes and their coaches, 1,000 international media members, 15,000 volunteers, and spectators, among others are expected to participate and watch the games.
It is said to be the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues. Although these events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.
Cayetano said they are now finalizing details for various aspects of the event, including logistics and security, to ensure that all aspects of the SEA Games would be properly handled.
He added they have been conducting several rehearsals and walkthroughs to anticipate possible issues that may be encountered throughout the biennial meet.
“Ang nangyayari ngayon rehearse nang rehearse, practice nang practice, meet nang meet. Yung walkthrough importante kasi hindi mo naman makikita ang problema nang hindi muna dinadaanan,” Cayetano said.
“Sa airport lang eh, halos sabay sabay dadating yung mga delegates. Remember, we have to treat the athletes well at ayaw nating ma-accuse na na-hassle sila kaya naapektuhan ang performance nila,” he added.
He also noted that most hurdles faced during the preparations were caused by the budget delay but these have already been addressed through the initiative of the event sponsors and contributions in cash and in kind from private groups.
Cayetano also admitted that heavy traffic, especially in the venues of sporting events in Metro Manila, will be a big challenge during the SEA Games but he assured that the security group is working on a plan to ensure the comfort and convenience of all guests and participants.
They are also eyeing the possibility of declaring holidays in certain cities as well as the closing lanes in several roads to ease the volume of vehicles.
“We have to show the 10 other countries participating yung Filipino hospitality. On one sense we are competitors. We want to win, and win as one. We want to be the overall champion, but we want to win it fairly and squarely. So yung preparations, especially sa athletes, coaches and technical officials ay napaka-importante,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The organizing committee of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) games said it is now looking at several options on how to manage the heavy traffic in Metro Manila when the event goes full swing in November.
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, the chairperson of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said thousands of athletes, coaches, media, and spectators are expected to participate and watch the games.
The Philippines will host the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11, 2019. It is said to be the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues.
Although the 56 sporting events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.
“’Pag na-control mo na ‘yung traffic para sa atleta at sa coaches, paano naman yung mga manonood? Alangan namang ipa-commute natin sila ng 3 to 4 hours para manood ng one-hour game di ba? It’s really going to be a challenge,” Cayetano said in a media interview in New Clark City on Wednesday (Oct. 16).
Cayetano and other lawmakers conducted an ocular inspection of the sports complex at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac which will be the main hub of the SEA Games. The sports complex will host the centerpiece sports, athletics and swimming.
Cayetano said they are now studying the possibility of declaring holidays in certain cities in Metro Manila to ease the volume of vehicles as well as the proposal to close lanes on several roads for the SEA Games.
The House speaker added they are also looking into housing athletes and coaches, as well as other VIPs in secure areas to avoid any transport hassles.
“We will try to put them in areas na malapit na sa venue para less traffic,” he said.
“Remember, we have to treat the athletes well and ayaw na ma-accuse na na-hassle sila kaya naapektuhan ang performance nila. We have to show the 10 other countries participating ‘yung Filipino hospitality,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be inspecting the venues for the Southeast Asian Games to be held from November 30 to December 11.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has directed offices on the inspection and maintenance of roads and structural assessment for the said venues.
“Along with the festivities and excitement brought by the forthcoming games, vigilance and safety of the participants and audience must always be of highest importance to avoid undesired incidents,” according to Villar.
On-going constructions along the SEA Games venues will also be temporarily suspended for five days before and after the SEA games events.
The DPWH also said they will coordinate with the local government units (LGU) in various cities and municipalities of Region 1,3, 4A, and the National Capital Region (NCR) “for the conduct of structural assessment of billets and hotels that will accommodate the SEA Games participants and guest.”—AAC
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