Date : 22 Aug 2019
Manila, Philippines, August 22, 2019: As the Philippines celebrated 100 days to go to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the public are showing a true volunteer spirit.
The SEA Games, which will run from November 30 to December 11, will have ample manpower support thanks to 20,000 applications to be a volunteer. The target of organising committee PHISGOC was 9,000.
Since the volunteers programme was launched in April, 36 institutions, mostly universities and colleges in Metro Manila, northern and central Luzon, have partnered with PHISGOC and committed more than 6,000 volunteers from their respective schools to join the sports event.
Out of 20,686 who have expressed an interest to be a volunteer, 14,683 applied through the official SEA Games online portals. They include 2,960 foreign applicants and 6,003 who were committed by their respective schools.
The Deputy Director for the volunteers programme, Chris Tiu, said PHISGOC was grateful and overwhelmed by the resounding support from their online applicants, partner institutions and foreign volunteers.
“Based on our experience in the recruitment stage we felt that the spirit of volunteerism and nationalism was really very strong. We hope to sustain them during and until the end of the games in December,” said Tiu.
With 56 sports and 530 events in this year’s SEA Games, PHISGOC needs 9,000 volunteers to assist and support the different functional areas of the regional games.
PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara said they needed 3,150 volunteers for the Metro Manila events, 2,250 for New Clark City, 1,980 for Subic and 1,620 for the other venues.
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