New system to buy equipment for Games


    WITH time slowly running out, the three groups involved in the conduct of the 30th Southeast Asian Games have agreed on a revised system to hasten the procurement of badly-needed equipment for the operations of the regional sports showcase.

    “In layman’s terms, the POC will be the cashier (of the funds),” Philippine Olympic Committee president and Tagaytay Rep. Bambol Tolentino said of the procurement committee that was formed to buy the equipment.

    “The Philippines Sports Commission and Department of Budget and Management have admitted that they can no longer purchase the equipment in time because of the government’s procurement and auditing procedures,” Tolentino explained.

    Some of the 53 sports calendared in the games still have not acquired their equipment, which would require a longer time if done through the government process, Tolentino added.

    Tolentino said two representatives each from the POC, PSC and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee will form the procurement team.

    POC secretary general Atty. Ed Gastanes will head the committee with Atty Wharton Chan, the kick boxing association secretary general, as the other POC representative.

    PSC executive director Merly Ibay and deputy executive director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. will represent the government sports agency.

    “The PSC will release the funds in the form of financial assistance once PHISGOC has made the request and these monies will be coursed through the POC, acting as the disbursing agent,” Tolentino said.