Wednesday, June 26, 2019

2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games is already 80-percent complete

The sports facilities to be used for the athletics and swimming events of the 2019 Southeast Asian (Sea) Games is already 80-percent complete such that construction will be finished by end-August, ahead of the government’s deadline.

Phase 1A of the NGAC project involved the development of an initial 40 hectares, including building the 20,000-seater athletic stadium, 2,000-seater aquatic center, athletes village for Sea Games participants, as well as government housing and support service facilities.

It will also include the construction of the Integrated Operations Center and Disaster Risk Recovery Center, which will serve as government agencies’ disaster-resilient backup offices.

Following the ground-breaking for the NGAC in January last year, actual construction started in March 2018, with the government giving an 18-month deadline to finish phase 1A.

The POC president further aired his frustrations on the unresolved NSA disputes that was one of the main problems that he wishes to solve in his term.

When he was elected, Vargas appointed Philippine Squash Academy president Robert Bachmann to be in charge POC membership committee.

"I’m not happy with the dispute and membership settling issues. We continue to have disputes that are unresolved," added Vargas.

On April 24, the POC board sent a request to secretary-general Patrick Gregorio to call for a special board meeting on April 30.

Vargas, though, did not approve the request as he wanted to accommodate the members of the board who were running for the mid-term elections.

However, 7 members of the board – Cojuangco, Jonne Go, Jose Romasanta, Antonio Tamayo, Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, Julian Camacho and Clint Aranas – went on to hold the special board meeting without the presence of Vargas, chairman Abraham Tolentino and Gregorio.

Non-members of the board who attended the meeting were Bachmann, Frank Elizalde and Charlie Ho, who assumed the role of acting secretary.

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