Game officials of the upcoming Southeast Asian Games which will be held in the country made sure that tight security will be implemented during the duration of the event. The government will focus primarily on the safety and welfare of foreign athletes and officials.
Officials ensure the security of everyone
At the coordinating conference of the Southeast Asian Task Force, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), along with top officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), laid out and discussed security measures and requirements about venues, athletes’ villages and hotels which will be temporarily housed by foreign delegates and dignitaries who will be visiting the country for the upcoming SEA Games.
“As the host country, the security and comfort of foreign athletes and delegates is our primary concern during the duration of the SEA Games. We want to make sure our foreign visitors enjoy their brief stay in the Philippines, ” said Atty. Guillermo Iroy, PSC Executive Director.
“The name of our country is at stake. It is everybody’s concern. PNP police personnel will apply strict security measures to avoid untoward incident during the conduction of the SEA Games, ” Iroy added.
Officials, officers will be charged
PSC Chairman and Chief of Mission William ‘Butch’ Ramirez attended the meeting that lasted for six hours. Also present were PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara and senior PNP officials, led by Gen. Rey Lyndon Lawas, Commander of the Southeast Asian Games Task Force.
Police Col. Franco Symborio will take charge at Secretariat while Region 3 Police Col. Rhoderick C. Armament will assure the security and safety plan for the opening ceremony where President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the guest of honor along with POC President and Cong. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Ramirez, and other officials of the Southeast Asian Games Federation.
Policemen assigned to the National Capital Region (NCR) and at Central Luzon will be deployed at all venues to ensure the safety of foreign delegates.
PNP to stay alert for the security
PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said that even though there’s no threat at security, Police will still be alert in securing the athletes and officials in the biennial meet at New Clark City in Tarlac and satellite venues in Subic, Tagaytay City, Batangas, and Manila.
“Sa ngayon wala naman tayong natatanggap na anumang banta sa seguridad pero kailangang manatili tayong alerto at mapagmatyag sa anumang mga kaganapan upang mapigilan natin ang insidente na magbibigay ng embarrassment or puna sa ating security,” Banac said.
“Ang mahalaga mapanatili atin ang kaayusan at kapayapaan sa lahat ng mga venues,” he added.
A total of 15,000 policemen from the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO-3) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be deployed to guard the playing venues for the said 11-nation meet.
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