By Jason Joshua Garcia
At least 4,230 volunteers will serve in the Subic and Clark clusters of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) to be held from November 30 to December 11, this year.
Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Deputy Director for Volunteers Program Chris Tiu said Friday that of the number, 2,250 will be detailed in Clark, and the other 1,980 in Subic.
Tiu, who led the SEA Games volunteer program cluster launch, said he is overwhelmed with the spirit of volunteerism and nationalism of the volunteers who signified to serve in the upcoming meet.
“The spirit of volunteerism and nationalism join us together to Win as One. We hope to sustain them during and until the end of the games in December,” he said.
The Phisgoc volunteers totaled 9,000. Apart from those in Clark and Subic, 3,150 volunteers will be stationed in Metro Manila events and 1,620 in other clusters.
Tiu said out of 20,686 who have expressed their interest to join the volunteers’ program, 14,683 applied through the official SEA games volunteers’ online portals, which include 2,960 foreign applicants while 6,003 were committed by their respective schools.
The Clark cluster will host aquatics, athletics, obstacle course sports, pentanque, lawn bowls, shooting, archery, rugby 7s, baseball, softball, dancesport, golf, kurash, judo, jiu-jitsu, arnis, sambo, wrestling, and wakeboarding.
Phisgoc’s partner institutions in the Clark cluster include Mabalacat City College, Jocson College, Angeles University Foundation, Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Gentry International School, Our Lady of Fatima University, and Ifugao State University.
Others are the City College of Angeles, Holy Angel University, Tarlac State University, Clark College of Science and Technology, Systems Plus College Foundation, Tarlac city government, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Colegio de San Sebastian Pampanga.
The partner institutions in Subic include Lyceum of Subic Bay, Subic Bay Colleges, Columban College, Gordon College, Mondriaan Aura College, President Ramon Magsaysay State University, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, and St. Joseph College-Olongapo.
The Subic event sports are canoe/kayak, traditional dragon boat, chess, muay thai, pencak silat, table tennis, triathlon, duathlon, aquatics-open water swimming 10 km., modern pentathlon, windsurfing, sepak takraw, beach handball, beach volleyball, and rowing.