The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee will continue tapping private sponsors in its effort to stage a successful hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
PHISGOC Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano said this as organizers continued to prepare for the biennial meet, which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
“PHISGOC has been successful in tapping private companies to sponsor the Games and augment its budget. The overwhelming support of the private partners boosts our efforts to facilitate event preparations,” said Cayetano.
Cayetano said budget is clearly a challenge in their ability to host the Games.
“We continue to work with legislative and administrative branches of government. There is no stopping the Philippines from hosting the 30th SEA games. It may be apparent that there are personalities who are eyeing to sabotage the preparations for the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA games,” added Cayetano.
The Senate and House of Representatives have yet to approve the P3.757 trillion national budget for 2019.
From the national budget, an allocation of of P5 billion was set aside for the country’s hosting of the SEA Games.
This is below the P7.5 billion originally set to be given to the Philippine Sports Commission for the games.
“For now, we appeal to the sports officials and stakeholders that we need to continue to prepare as one, work as one so we can win as one,” added Cayetano.
Earlier, Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, gave the assurances that the Philippine hosting of the Games will proceed as planned.
Vargas is part of the groundwork for the Games, with PSC chair Butch Ramirez and PHISGOC chair and former Foreign Affairs Secretary Cayetano.