The Philippine Olympic Committee passed a resolution on Friday confirming the appointment of former Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano as head of the organizing committee “solely for the purpose of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games” and authorizing POC president Ricky Vargas to enter into a deal with the host nation’s two other major stakeholders.
Vargas made the announcement after conferring with Cayetano on the phone following an Executive Board meeting at the POC’s headquarters at the Philsports in Pasig.
The Memorandum of Agreement the POC will enter into will involve the Philippine Sports Commission and the PHISGOC (Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee ), according to Vargas, who ironed out the kinks with the POC’s and PHISGOC’S role in the presence of former POC president Peping Cojuangco, former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Frank Elizalde and the outspoken board member Prospero Pichay.
“It was an emotional, fiery meeting that had good exchanges,” said Vargas, who revealed that the resolution provided that the POC shall have control and supervision of PHISGOC, a portion of the private funds that will be gained by PHISGOC will have to be remitted to the POC for the benefit of the athletes.
The resolution also warranted that the PHISGOC will have regular reports to the POC and “all contracts it will enter into shall be reviewed by the POC Board Member designated by the POC President.”
This developed as the P5-billion budget earmarked for the running of the Nov. 30-Dec. 11 SEAG is expected to be released anytime next week.
The money will likely fall on the lap of the PSC, whose main role is to fund the training of the national athletes.
“There should be no more issues,” said Vargas. “We know our respective responsibilities (for the hosting of the SEAG).”
Now that a major issue has been resolved, Vargas, who assumed the POC presidency in early-2018, says that it is high time for everyone to focus on the task at hand.
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STORY AND PHOTO BY NICK GIONGCO