Armed Forces sends off troops for SEA Games

One hundred twenty seven soldier-athletes and coaches will join the country’s contingent that will compete in the Filipino-hosted 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on November 30 to December 11, 2019.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) held a send-off ceremony Monday, November 11, for over 400 soldier-athletes and coaches and emergency preparedness and response teams and security personnel from the military’s Regular and Reserve Forces.

Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and AFP Chief of Staff General Noel Clement led the ceremony that seeks to further boost the morale and rally support for the athletes competing in the 30th SEA Games.

“We have all been tirelessly working for this momentous event. We are able to lay down the joint operational guidelines for our troops who will be deployed. Similarly, our soldiers have relentlessly trained for their various events. These are clear indications of our strong will and desire for a safe and successful  conduct of the Games,” General Clement said.

They were joined by top defense officials and high ranking military officers, as well as senior officials of the Office of Civil Defense, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Center,  Philippine National Police, and the SEA Games Organizing Committee.

Also present are the detailed officials, personnel, and volunteers from the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Metropolitan Manila Develepment Authority, the Bureau of Fire.

The 30th SEA Games will open on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan and will continue in different venues in Metro Manila, Clark, Pampanga, and Subic, Zambales. It will close in the New Clark City on December 11.

“On behalf of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, I offer my heartfelt support to our athlete-soldiers and coaches joining the 30th SEA Games. Show the world your discipline and dedication and may you have God’s favor,” General Clement said. AFP.MIL.PH