((L to R) BCDA CEO Vince Dizon, PHISGOC Chairman Speaker Alan Peter Peter Cayetano, PSC Chairman William Ramirez and PHISGOC COO Ramon Suzara during the presscon)
Asked to grade the status of preparations of the organizing committee for this year’s Southeast Asian Games hosting, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee COO, Ramon Suzara said “we are almost there. In a scale of 1 to 10, we are at 9.” Suzara gave this declaration during the press conference held in Clark, Pampangga for the 3rd and final Chef de Mission meeting of the biennial games.
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who is Presiding Chairman of PHISGOC was also present along with Philippine Sports Commission Chairman and Team Philippines Chef de Mission William Ramirez, Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects, Bases Conversion Development Authority’s President Vince Dizon.
Cayetano thanked Ramirez for all the help the sports agency has been giving the organizing committee citing that “it is not easy since Chairman is juggling three tasks the same time.”
Seven out of 11 CDMs were present in the press briefing with the other four represented by their deputies. The CDM meeting is scheduled Wednesday where PHISGOC is expected to update all chiefs of mission on the country’s preparation for the games in the final stretch.
Everyone also served as witness as PHISGOC welcomed a slew of new sponsors: Phoenix Petroleum and Family Mart under the UDenna Corporation, NLEX Corporation, Philippine National Bank, Bombo Radyo, Filinvest City Alabang, Chinabank and Ibarra Watches for Cronometradores Filipinas, Inc. Cayetano underscored the importance of proper investing and citing how partnering with the PHISGOC serves as its partners’ investment not only as a business move but more so on the growth of the Filipino people. “You are actually investing on our people,” the PHISGOC chief explained addressing the new sponsors.
Suzara, meanwhile, introduced the newly appointed spokesperson of PHISGOC, Atty. Jarie Osias who is also the organizing committee’s director for legal affairs.
The 30th SEA Games hosting is also supported by: Platinum sponsors – Ajinomoto, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, MG Cars, Philippine Airlines, Skyworth and CooCaa. Gold Sponsors – MasterCard, Milo, Pocari Sweat, NLEX, PInco and Razer. Preferred – Asics, SM Lifestyle Inc. and BMW. Prestige – Molten and Mikasa. Banking Partners – Chinabank and PNB. Media Partners – Bombo Radyo, Star FM and the Inquirer Group, CNN, United Neon and DOOH. Host Broadcaster – NEP. Official Broadcaster – Sports and Action, TV 5, Cignal, ESPN and PTV 4.