“Magkaisa na tayo bilang bansa at bilang Pilipino,” declared Committee on Sports Chairman and Sen. Christopher ‘Bong’ Go as he led the organizational meeting and briefing for the county’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, August 6, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay City.
With the games nearing its opening on November 30, the senate hearing was called to provide updates on the construction and testing of sports facilities, the current sports program and legislative agenda and support provided by the Philippine Sports Commission and the hosting management of the games by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee.
“We are gathered here as one to know where are we now in our preparations. I believe that our successful hosting will usher in a progressive and new chapter in Philippine sports,” said Sen. Go in his opening speech.
Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sen. Francis Tolentino and Sen. Imee Marcos were also present together with Team Philippines Chef de Mission and PSC Chairman William Ramirez, newly-elected Philippine Olympic Committee President Cong. Bambol Tolentino, PHISGOC COO Ramon Suzara and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon.
Ramirez assured the Senate that by the orders of the President, the PSC will be safeguarding the release of funds for the games. “I want to thank the President for all his efforts in this endeavor. The Commission will continue to assist in the country’s hosting of the games by ensuring the proper and timely processing of funds.”
“Our facilities are almost ready. The athletic and aquatic centers, as well as the athlete’s village located at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac are nearing its completion and will be available for usage for our athletes ahead of schedule,” reported Dizon.
Meanwhile, Sen. Go is set to have another sit down with Ramirez and Dizon concerning Senate Bill No. 397, seeking to create a ‘National Academy of Sports for High School’ intended to “serve as the premier training center to develop the athletic skills and talents of high school students.”
More than 500 events in 56 sports will be played during the biennial meet on November 30 to December 11. (pr)