Colonel Ysmael S. Yu, the deputy regional director for the operation of the Police Police Regional Office 1 (PRO 1), said that the Task Group La Union headed by Brigadier General Joel S Orduña was created to systematize the security preparation for the surfing tournament.
The designated deputy task group commanders are Colonel Ysmael Yu for the on-ground security and public safety; Commodore Caesar Bernard N. Valencia, the commander of Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), for water security and safety; and Director Melchito M. Castro of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) for the emergency preparedness and response.
“The members of the Task Group La Union will provide the safety and security plans for the identified clusters during the event that include the traffic cluster, the parking cluster, the billeting cluster, and the evacuation cluster,” said Yu.
Meanwhile, Colonel Yu said that at least 40 athletes from the different nations in South East Asia are expected to participate in the surfing competition of the 30th SEA Games.
“Some of the athletes are expected to arrive at the tournament venue starting November 24 to familiarize themselves with the environment and on the local prevailing weather condition,” said Yu.
He also anticipated the daily crowding of at least 4,000 foreign and local tourists at the surfing venue on December 1-10.
“We are seriously preparing the contingency plans to secure all the athletes and the viewers of the surfing tournament considering that this is the first time for San Juan, La Union to host an event for the SEA Games,” said Yu.
This year’s biennial regional multi-sport event, which will be hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019, marks the first major decentralization in the history of the games.
The competition’s venues are spread out in the 23 cities across the country, divided into 4 clusters, all located on the island of Luzon (Metro Manila, Clark, Subic/Olongapo, and a fourth cluster consisting of stand-alone venue like in San Juan, La Union.
This is the fourth time that the Philippines will host the games and its first time since 2005. Previously, it also hosted the 1981 and 1991 editions of the games.
This year’s SEA Games is most notable for being the first edition to include e-sports and obstacle courses, as well as having the highest number of sports in the history of the games at 56.
Eleven member-nations of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) are expected to take part in the 2019 SEA Games to include Brunie, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, East Timor, and Vietnam.
A record of 529 events in the 56 sports have been approved for competition for the 2019 SEA games making this edition as the largest Southeast Asian Games in terms of the number of sports and events contested.
To institutionalize the government preparation of the 2019 SEA Games, the Office of the President had issued earlier a Memorandum Circular No. 56 directing all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations and encouraging local government units to extend their support to the Philippine SEA Games Organization Committee Foundation Inc. in the preparation, organization and holding of the 30th SEA Games.
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) spearheads the overall preparation for the successful conduct of the SEA Games in the country. (JCR/FGL, PIA 1)