BUDGET FOR SEAG BALLOONS TO P90-M

MANILA, NOVEMBER 11, 2003 (BULLETIN) By Jean Malanum - THE PHILIPPINE Sports Commission has asked the government an additional outlay of P25 million for the country’s participation in the Vietnam Southeast Asian Games next month after its budget fell short as a result of the increase in the number of delegates and expensive billeting procedure initiated by the hosts.

If approved, the country will spend P90 million for the 658-member delegation or about P136,000 per person.

The amount will cover the expenses of 449 athletes, 98 coaches, 28 team managers, 30 officiating officials, 16 medical personnel, eight technical personnel and 29 secretariat staff in the biennial meet which will be held in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Because of the unexpected increase in expenses, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Eric Buhain yesterday wrote Malacañang asking for additional funds. The PSC earlier sought P65 million for the trip.

“After receiving the letter from the Department of Budget and Management on the total budget which the PSC is expected to spend in Vietnam, I immediately wrote Malacañang requesting for additional funds,” said Buhain.

“Since we are sending a bigger delegation to Vietnam in preparation for our hosting in 2005, we also need a bigger budget,” Buhain added.

Buhain said that of the P90 million, P55 million will go to the actual participation cost and R35 million will be for the purchase of training equipment. The PSC has already spent P22.4 million for the pre-SEAG requirements of athletes.

“In the logistics side, the PSC would be spending more in Vietnam. Our athletes and officials will be billeted by sports and not by delegation, the reason why we have to set up a secretariat in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,” Buhain explained.

The PSC spent P150 million in the Busan Asian Games where the Philippine managed to win three gold medals – one each in billiards, bowling and equestrian.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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