The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is all praise to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and host local government units (LGUs) for the peaceful conclusion of the almost two-week 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the country, the largest in history, which is the “safest SEA Games ever.”
“We truly win as one. The success of the SEA Games is shared by the athletes, the organizers, and the whole of the ASEAN Community. The handling of security is truly commendable and has contributed significantly to the smooth conduct of a total of 56 sports and 530 events in the SEA Games -- the biggest yet in history in terms of number of sporting events,” said DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año on the day of the closing of the SEA Games on Wednesday.
“Ang overall championship ng Pilipinas sa SEA Games ay ‘di lamang tungkol sa 386 medalyang nasungkit ng ating mga pambatong Pinoy na atleta kundi pati na rin ang oportunidad at tsansang maipamalas ng mga Pilipino ang galing natin sa paghawak ng malakihang international events. Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media. This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.
The DILG Chief said that there was no serious or major untoward incident reported that marred the SEA Games which is truly commendable. He lauds the 27,440 police officers deployed in site task groups during the whole duration of the competitions in three major sporting hubs namely, Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, and other areas.
In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.
“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” he said.
Meanwhile, DILG Spokesperson and Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said that the success of the SEA Games marks the re-building of the culture of discipline among Filipinos.
“Discipline is integral in any sports. Winning athletes and delegates all exhibited that value burning in them. The fire is even more lit when you do not only think of yourself but the country. They gave their all for our nation’s glory more than themselves. #DisiplinaMuna talaga kung gusto nating makaambag sa bayan,” he said.
“Nanaig din ang disiplina sa ating mga kapulisan. Napuyat, nawalay sa kani-kanilang mga pamilya at nababad sa init ng araw, nanguna pa rin sa kanila ang call of duty. Ipinakita rin ng LGUs ang kanilang disiplina’t husay na gampanan ang kanilang tungkulin. We won as one indeed,” said Malaya.
The Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games happened after 14 years, since its last hosting in 2005. This year is the country’s fourth time to host the SEA Games.