KEY officials of the three groups involved in the conduct of the 30th Southeast Asian will hold weekly meetings beginning Oct. 10 to iron out the remaining kinks in the hosting of the regional games kicking off on Nov. 30, according to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez.
“These weekly meetings will involve the top officials of the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine SEAG Organizing Committee until the opening of the SEA Games,” said Ramirez, who is also the chief of mission of Team Philippines.
Expected to attend next week’s meeting are House Speaker and PHISGOC chairman Allan Peter Cayetano and POC president Tagaytay Rep. Bambol Tolentino, who joined President Rodrigo Duterte in his state visit to Russia.
Ramirez said there are critical issues that have to be prioritized and addressed, particularly the procurement of equipment needed for the operations of the 56 sports disciplines in the meet set Nov. 30 to Dec. 11in Batangas, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Capas, Tarlac; the Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles, Pampanga and Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo, Zambales.
“Marami pang mga National Sports Associations that still need to get their equipment for the SEA Games,” Ramirez said.
The PSC is responsible for the disbursement of the P6 billion budget earmarked by the national government for the running of the games the country is hosting for the fourth time.
Ramirez said he intends to deploy members of the PSC procurement team to countries such as China, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore where the orders of the equipment were made to hasten their delivery into the country.