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‘Improvements’ seen after public outcry about 2019 SEA Games fiasco

Forget the “kikiam” controversy and look at these festive five meals a day with halal food for the foreign and local delegates.

Organizers of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Game seem to have done some “improvements” in an effort to at least tone down public anger that erupted over various complaints of some foreign and local athletes a few days before the sporting event kicks off.

Several photos of “improved” food and venues for the athletes were uploaded online and many netizens were impressed.


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Check out these photos below that have been making the rounds on social media since Tuesday:

Forget the “kikiam” controversy and look at these festive five meals a day with halal food for the foreign and local delegates.

Clark International Airport is ready to welcome and accommodate the 30th SEA Games participants.

Aside from the colorful tarps, Filipino bands playing Pinoy music will welcome the 2019 SEA Games delegates at the NAIA Terminal 3.

The Muntinlupa Sports Complex is all set for the Badminton event.

The skate park venue in Tagaytay City is ready for the sporting event.

The Biñan Football Stadium will be the venue for football matches.

Clark Parade Grounds is a sleek venue for the Rugby and Archery events.

Take a peek at the Baseball and Softball field at the Villages.

Different media centers for the 30th SEA Games boasted a new and improved look.

In the past couple of days, some foreign and local teams encountered transportation, accommodation, and food issues.

They had to wait for hours at the airport after being welcomed with crudely written signs.

Others had to sleep for hours on hotel floors waiting for rooms to become available.

Some foreign athletes had to cancel practice sessions because the venue was too far from their hotel.

Several local and international media also encountered problems in getting their IDs due to wrong names and rejected media accreditations.

They also complained of a “media center” resembling a barely lit warehouse.

Organizers had ignored the advice of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos to ensure that delegates from Islamic countries are served halal food.

This allegedly resulted in the serving of “kikiam” and other non-halal food to some Muslim athletes.

But the management of Whitewoods Convention and Leisure Hotel later clarified that the athletes were served with chicken sausage, contrary to earlier claims that they had “kikiam,” rice, and egg.

Netizens took to social media to express their dismay on the mishaps and called on organizers to get their act together.

Malacañang said President Rodrigo Duterte was “displeased” about the 2019 SEA Games fiasco and wanted a probe into why these things happened.

However, the President did not mention specifically holding accountable the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and its chairperson, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, for the lapses.

Netizens blamed PHISGOC and Cayetano for the problems hounding the sporting event that will formally open on November 30.

Cayetano earlier said the problem being faced by the host country is not new in the history of the SEA Games.

On Sunday, he visited foreign delegations who suffered transportation, hotel, food, and practice inconveniences upon their arrival in the country and apologized.

He assured them that the Philippine hosting will be great and meaningful for everyone.

Written by Angelle De Leon

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