BCDA president confident of PH SEA Games success

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New Clark City (CNN Philippines, November 10)— Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vince Dizon assures the success of the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

“(I) feel lighter in the sense that we’re already confident that we will be able to successfully host the SEA Games here,” Dizon said in an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines on Saturday .

There are still a few things to be done but the Philippines is officially ready for the awaited regional sporting meet, he added.

“There are still a couple more things but those are minor like planting some trees here and there, cleaning up here and there. But it’s practically done,” he said.

Working on an ‘immovable deadline’

The Presidential Adviser on Government Flagship Projects revealed that building the sports facilities for the regional biennial meet was the biggest challenge of the construction of Phase 1 of the New Clark City.

“It’s not like we can move the deadline a month. We can’t. It can’t be,” Dizon said. “It’s not easy but you have to just push and get things done,” he added.

Weather was also one of the major challenges they faced during the construction of New Clark City, especially last year.

“It was raining everyday. And there were no roads at that time,” Dizon shared.

Despite all the challenges and the strict timeframe they had to follow, the BCDA was able to complete half the project in January.

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According to Dizon, finding the right partners for the job helped them successfully finish the project on time.

“The process was very tedious. Again, it’s all about finding the right partners. ADB (Asian Development Bank) made sure that we find the right partners.”

The New Clark City will be one of the major event hubs for the sporting meet, and the New Clark Stadium will be the venue the closing ceremonies.

The SEA Games will run from November 30 to December 11.