MANILA, Philippines – The country's 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosting suffers another blow as the Senate approved only 5 billion of the 7.5 billion proposed budget, according to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez.
The development has prompted SEA Games officials to tap more private sponsors to alleviate the cost of the staging of the biennial meet.
"[We'll] remain focused, calm and careful, but determined to succeed," said Ramirez in a text message to Rappler.
The PSC is the agency chosen to handle the funds of the SEA Games hosting.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas had hoped that the Senate would be encouraged to approve the proposed budget as an executive order instructs all government agencies to assist in the preparations of the sporting event.
The Philippines is set to host the SEA Games again after 14 years and will feature 56 sports and 523 events spread across 39 venues in Subic, New Clark City, Tagaytay, and Metro Manila. (READ: PH begins countdown to hosting SEA Games 2019)
The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has started signing an initial list of private sponsors who will bring in added funds and services to the regional meet that will take place on November 30 to December 11.
Among the sponsors are Asics from Japan which will provide the official kits of the Filipino athletes, while Thailand-based apparel company Grand Sport will take care of the uniforms for the workforce, volunteers and technical officials.
Official game ball and sporting equipment will be provided by Mikasa, Marathon and Molten, all brought in by Sonak Corporation to the country.
Spain-based MediaPro Asia will lead the efforts in international broadcast while also being the official media rights and sponsorships partner of PHISGOC. – Rappler.com
More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.