NCRPO to beef up security in venues, billet areas, ‘nightspots’ for SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 19, 2019   •   175

NCRPO acting director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday said it will beef up security at venues, billeting area and identified nightspots in the region as part of the security measures for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

NCRPO acting director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said they will heighten police visibility in areas, such as bars and other nightclubs, that will most likely be visited by SEA Games delegates and other foreign guests.

Sinas said this aims to prevent the possibility of foreign guests getting involved in troubles during the Philippines’ hosting of the games from November 30 to December 11.

“We have anticipated all the possible scenarios based on what happened in the past. So we are increasing the security in those areas which we call most-likely tourist spots in Metro Manila,” he told reporters in a briefing.

He added that thousands of cops will be deployed to secure sporting venues and hotels where athletes and other delegates would be billeted. K-9 units will also be deployed to strengthen the security in venues for the SEA Games.

Sinas also reminded those who will go to the sporting venues to watch the games to refrain from bringing prohibited items such as bottles, cigarettes, firecrackers and other flammable materials, laser pointers, gas spray cans, banners, folding chairs, ladders, and large bags.

Bringing weapons or any sharp objects is also not allowed.

“Including ‘yung maliliit lang, ‘yung mga nail cutters kasama po yun, basta magamit po na pamputol, pang-stab at tsaka pangpalipad, bawal ‘yan,” he said.

The NCRPO chief said that the police and SEA Games coordinators have agreed to implement a clear bag policy which means only transparent bags will be allowed inside the venues.

Last week, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced the suspension of all Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR) in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and La Union from November 20 to December 14.

Sinas said no security threat was monitored so far but police personnel remains on alert for any untoward incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

30th SEA Games ends with festivities, concert

Maris Federez   •   December 12, 2019

Fireworks light up the sky during the closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium near Capas, Philippines, 11 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

With colorful fireworks displays, the parade of athletes from the 11 countries from Southeast Asia and the concert treat from Arnel Pineda and the Black Eyed Peas, the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games came to an end on Wednesday (December 11).

With the festivities, the SEA Games committee officially ended the 56 sports and over 500 events of the biennial meet.

The Philippines was hailed the Overall Champion after bagging 386 medals, with 149 gold, 118 silver, and 119 bronze.

Filipino surfer Roger Casugay was conferred with Fair Play Athlete award after his heroic act of saving fellow surfer from Indonesia during their competition.

“We didn’t allow the glitter of the gold to blind us. Hindi po tayo nabulag sa ginto. When an athlete’s life was at risk, it was clear to Roger what was more important than the gold,” PHISGOC Chairman House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano proudly said during his speech.

Male Mega Athlete was awarded to swimmer Zheng Wen of Singapore, while Female Mega Athlete was given to Thi Anh Vien Nguyen of Viet Nam.

The official handover of the SEA Games Flag to Viet Nam who will host the event in 2021 was also the highlight of Wednesday’s closing ceremony. — (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

PNP: Mission ends only until last foreign delegate leaves Phl

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said security for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will remain until the last foreign delegate has left the country.

In a statement on Wednesday (December 11), PNP Officer-in-Charge Pol. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the PNP security contingent to continue police visibility and provide assistance to SEA Games delegates.

“This mission ends only until after the last foreign delegate has left the country,” Gamboa said.—AAC

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Gatchalian calls for more support on sports development after PH dominates 30th SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   December 11, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday called for more support for Filipino athletes amid the country’s dominance in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Gatchalian made the call after the Philippine team clinched the overall championship for this year’s edition of the games.

The country concluded its campaign with the final medal haul of 386 – 149 golds, 117 silvers and 120 bronzes – which broke its previous record.

In 2005, the country was also the overall champion when it bagged 113 gold medals.

This year’s biennial meet is considered to be the biggest SEA games held with 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues across the country.

More than a thousand Filipino athletes participated in the event.

The lawmaker stressed that it is important for all sectors, including the government, academe, and the private sector to strengthen the infrastructural, financial, and policy support to athletes considering their role in fostering national unity and boosting national pride.

“Nakita natin sa SEA Games kung paanong nagkaisa ang ating mga kababayan sa pagsuporta sa ating mga atleta. Ngunit hindi dapat dito sa SEA Games nagtatapos ang pagkakaisa natin para sa ating mga manlalaro,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

“Sa puntong ito, mahalagang magkaisa rin tayo sa paghubog ng mga susunod pang henerasyon ng mga atletang magbibigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa,” he added.

The senator also reiterated the need to establish the Philippine High School for Sports (PHSS) as a crucial step for the grassroots development of sports.

The proposed school will be built at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac to develop future generations of Filipino athletes through physical education and sports development subjects.

The Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture Chairman said that the rollout for the PHSS is being eyed by next year.

“Marami tayong mga mahuhusay na mga manlalaro at may nakahanda na tayong mga magagandang pasilidad na magbibigay sa kanila ng world-class training,” Gatchalian said.

“Pagkatapos ng SEA Games, maaari nang gamitin ang mga pasilidad na ito para sa pagsasanay ng ating mga atleta,” he added.

Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on basic education, arts and culture, said the rollout for the PHSS is being eyed by next year.

The lawmaker also emphasized that corporate sponsors and international donors should work together to assist government efforts to institutionalize academic support for sports.

Likewise, local governments should boost their sports programs and facilities while being on the lookout for potential talents.

“Sa pagpapalakas natin ng sports development, mahalagang magkaroon tayo ng holistic approach upang maibigay natin ang pangangailangan ng ating mga atleta sa bawat hakbang. Hindi lang natin susuportahan ang mga atleta natin pag sumabak na sila sa laban, sisimulan natin ang pagsuporta sa pinakamaagang pagkakataon,” he said.

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