Filipinos are left disappointed and ashamed with the PH’s hosting efforts so far

By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Tristan Tamayo

The Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games started off on an embarrassing note due to a number of logistical inefficiencies. Despite claiming that preparations were 90 percent ready last October, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has a lot to explain. Over the past few days, PHISGOC has been slammed for lack of hotel accommodations and transportation, unfinished and untested sporting venues, massive corruption, and more. Here’s how some Filipinos have reacted:

Early Failure

As much as we want to see our country prosper in the SEA Games, we have to admit that its failure to organize the tournament properly is embarrassing for all of us. The logistical mishaps are a reflection of how unprepared the PHISGOC really is. The organizing committee, who started preparing for the biennial tournament last January 2016, was given a budget of P6 billion in 2019 and even borrowed P11 billion from a Malaysian firm but still failed to organize the tournament properly. With this series of unfortunate incidents, suffice it to say that the SEA Games started off on the wrong foot.

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