20K cops to secure SEA Games

November 11, 2019

SOME 20,000 government security personnel will be deployed to provide security to over 10,000 athletes from different Southeast Asian countries set to participate in the forthcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games or 2019 SEA Games to be hosted by the country, Philippine National Police Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday.

The athletes,  their coaching staff and other sports officials from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor Leste, Singapore, Vietnam and host-Philippines will participate in  56 sporting events.

“Ahead of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, we are putting our best foot forward for the regional sporting event among our ASEAN neighbors. We have started preparations since last year. We continue to rehearse and fine-tune all our systems and procedures for this even, such that we have established full back-up system that will address any unforeseen situation that may arise,” Gamboa said in a press conference at Camp Crame.

He added that the PNP contingent will also provide security coverage in the different venues of the athletes while other PNP units will provide public safety assistance necessary for order, maintenance and police services for crowd control, vehicular and pedestrian traffic direction, route, parking and venue security.

The 2019 SEA Games will be the 30th edition of Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sports event and will be hosted by the Duterte government from November 30 to December 11.

The competition venues spread in 23 cities across the country, divided into four clusters  -- Metro Manila, Clark, Subic and Olongapo.  

This year’s edition is most notable for being the first  to include e-sports and obstacle course as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games, at a total of 56.