SEA GAMES: PHISGOC launches volunteer program
Mark Escarlote on Apr 13, 2019 05:41 AM
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee and sports officials, athletes and celebrities attended the launch of the 30th SEA Games Volunteers Program on Friday.
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee is looking at a 12,000-strong volunteer workforce to help run the country's hosting of the biennial meet in November.
PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon 'Tats' Suzara said that the SEA Games volunteer program is open to all interested individuals 18-years-old and above.
The volunteers will be mobilized in different venues of the Games in Metro Manila, Subic, Bulacan, Tarlac, La Union, Tagaytay, Batangas and other areas that will host the 56 sports and 529 events of the 30th edition of the regional sports spectacle that will begin on November 30.
"This is a part of the whole picture of organizing and hosting the Games. We have targeted 12,000 volunteers to cater to Clark, Subic, Metro Manila and other areas in Southern Luzon.," said Suzara Friday during the launch of the program at the Lakeshore Tent in Taguig. “Maybe we can overpass our target. Maybe to 13,000 to 15,000 depending on the needs that we have.”
PHISGOC chairman Allan Peter Cayetano and Senator Pia Cayetano spearheaded the program's launch along with PHI sports officials including chief of mission Monsour del Rosario, national athletes led by volleyball star Alyssa Valdez and 3-time SEA Games gold medalist Kiefer Ravena and celebrity volunteers.
Suzara added that the bulk of PHISGOC’s 12,000-volunteer target will come from schools (students and teachers), from the commitment of the National Youth Commission to enlist out-of-school youths and the local government.
“Even foreign volunteers are sending us emails, we need to find a way to accept them. Maybe around 50 or a 100,” Suzara added.
Suzara said that around P100 million to P150 million will be allotted to the program which will come from the P5 billion budget from the national government, which is yet to be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte along with the 2019 national budget.
He added that volunteers will be given uniforms, transportation, allowance and meals for an 8-hour shift. Game venues will also have a dining and resting area for the volunteer workforce.
The recruitment of volunteers in venues at Manila, Clark, Subic, Tarlac, La Union, Tagaytay and Batangas will be conducted from April to July. The online registration will open on May 15 while training of the volunteers will be held from August to October.
Aspiring volunteers can sign up through the program’s social media pages.
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