FREE TICKETS will be distributed by the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) for the event’s closing ceremony on Dec. 11 and for most of the competitions, except the popular sports basketball, volleyball, and football.
House Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano, who chairs PHISGOC, said those who are working as volunteers for the country’s hosting of the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games will get priority, and “a few thousand tickets” will also be given to the local government units hosting the games.
For the volunteers, he said “it is traditional and it serves as a thank you gift.”
The announcement came after President Rodrigo R. Duterte, when asked by the media about providing the public free access to the games, said he would want to do so if the decision were up to him.
“So ang mangyayari siguro yung sa (So what will happen is, maybe the) closing ceremony, more or less 10,000 tickets (will be free),” Mr. Cayetano said in a chance interview Friday on the sidelines of the bicameral conference committee at the Manila Polo Club.
He said most of the tickets for basketball, volleyball, and football, particularly when the Philippine team is playing, are already sold.
The PHISGOC chairman asked people not to go straight to the venues and said announcements will be made as to where the free tickets will be distributed.
Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has installed a temporary facility at the East Commercial Center in New Clark City to offer halal food options as well as showcase other Philippine products.
There have been reports of limited halal food choices as contingents from the different ASEAN countries started arriving last week. — Genshen L. Espedido