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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the release of the budget for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games (SEAG), Malacañang said on Tuesday.

 

In a press briefing, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said that there is no need to issue an executive order regarding the budget for the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA Games this coming November, since Duterte already ordered its release during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.

Senate earlier slashed the P7.5 billion SEA Games budget to just P5 billion.

“[The EO is not needed anymore,] since the President already issued the release of the funds needed,” Panelo said.

The spokesman said that Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano had a presentation during the Cabinet meeting.

 

“There was a motion there to approve the presentation, as well as to direct the funds for the preparation because it seems it will put us again in the world map, given the fact that 11 countries will be participating,” he added.

Meanwhile, Panelo said that Cayetano floated something about the “politics” of the upcoming SEA Games, which was not elaborated.

He quoted Cayetano, saying that the sports had “a lot of politics involved.”

“From the way I understood the [former Foreign Affairs] Secretary, there were people blocking [it.] Maybe, Filipinos, they always want… But, he did not elaborate,” Panelo said.

“But, ever since, I have been reading things about sports, the commission there. They are always fighting each other. Maybe that is it, politics,” he added.

Panelo also said that the PHISGOC reported that all SEA Games-related construction will be completed by the end of August of this year.

The country will host 56 sports and 528 events to more than 10,000 athletes.

The events will be held in a number of venues in Luzon, particularly in Bulacan and in Pampanga.

In January, Duterte, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, issued memorandum circular no. 56, which urged government agencies to help ensure the Philippines’ successful hosting of the SEA games.

The circular asked the Philippine Sports Commission, the Philippine Olympic Committee and all concerned national sports associations to coordinate and support each other to ensure the smooth and efficient organization of the SEA Games.

It also tasked all other departments, bureaus, agencies and instrumentalities of the government to render full support and assistance to the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) during the preparation stage of the events.

“The successful organization and hosting of the 30th SEA Games requires the involvement, coordination and support of concerned government agencies, the different national sport associations and the private sector,” it reads.

 

 

 

Date: May 8, 2019 | By: May Villanueva | Newspaper: The Manila Times | Source: https://www.manilatimes.net/palace-orders-release-of-seag-hosting-budget/551212/