The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 27,440 personnel to secure the 30th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games, which the country will host from November 30 to December 11 this year.
“Ahead of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, we are putting our best foot forward for the regional sporting event among our Asean neighbors. We have started preparations since last year,” PNP acting chief Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said on Monday.
Gamboa said a total of 20,000 personnel from different agencies would also help the PNP in securing the SEA Games
“We continue to rehearse and fine-tune all our systems and procedures for this event, such that we have established full back-up system that address any unforeseen situation that may arise,” he added.
A total of 18,105 policemen will be deployed in Metro Manila, 6,554 will be sent out in Central Luzon, 1,865 in Southern Luzon and 916 in La Union.
Police personnel would also be deployed in the venues in New Clark City, Metro Manila, Laguna, Tagaytay, Subic and Bulacan.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said threats to the SEA Games are unlikely as authorities have set up precautionary measures.
Lorenzana said the military deployed enough forces to augment the PNP deployment.
“Although we do not see the likelihood [of threats during SEA Games], it’s better to be prepared,” Lorenzana said at the sidelines of the send-off ceremony of soldiers, athletes and coaches, as well as security personnel for the SEA Games.
A total of 127 soldier-athletes and coaches were sent off by the Armed Forces of the Philippines led by its chief of staff, Gen. Noel Clement, and Lorenzana.
“We have all been tirelessly working for this momentous event. We are able to lay down the joint operational guidelines for our troops who will be deployed,” Clement said.
“Similarly, our soldiers have relentlessly trained for their various events. These are clear indications of our strong will and desire for a safe and successful conduct of the games,” he added.
The SEA Games will open on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. Different games will be held in various venues in Metro Manila; Clark, Pampanga; and Subic, Zambales.
It will close on December 11 in New Clark City also in Pampanga