Cayetano assures IT woes will be resolved ahead of SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 7)— House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday assured that the technical issues hounding preparations for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will be resolved before the Philippines’ hosting for the biennial meet gets underway.

Cayetano, who chairs the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), admitted the body needed additional budget for the information technology (IT) infrastructure required to broadcast some of the key sporting events live.

Organizers have so far committed to broadcast 22 events, Cayetano added.

“We don't expect any delays and ‘yun lang talaga, ‘yung (it’s just really the) running 56 sports and 530 events all at the same time is the biggest challenge, biggest sa SEA Games ‘yan (in the SEA Games).

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The PHISGOC chair, however, said the organization has already secured funds from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to resolve the said IT issues.

“’Yung mga technical aspect kasi and 'yung solution, nandyan naman, except that the cost nga is also there. But kagabi lang, kausap ko si Chairman Butch (Ramirez) at sabi nga niya, whatever the SEA Games needs, we can rely on the PSC so we're sorting that out,” the Taguig Rep. added.

[Translation: The technical aspect and the solution are there, except the cost is also there. But just last night, I talked to Chairman Butch, and he said whatever the SEA Games needs, we can rely on the PSC to sort it out.]

The move came following reports that the SEA Games’ information system—which will store scores, medal tally, and player profiles, among others—has been facing technical issues with roughly three weeks to go before the regional meet’s opening on November 30.

Despite the agreement, Cayetano also appealed to other private companies to pitch in for the SEA Games’ funding—for the country’s sake.

The 2019 SEA Games, which will feature a record 56 sports, will run until December 10.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Xianne Arcangel contributed to this report.