THE Philippine Sports Commission conducted an inspection of the venues in Davao City and its surrounding towns to determine its capability of hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
PSC chairman William ‘Butch’ Ramirez said commissioners Arnold Agustin and Charles Maxey went to Davao City to take a closer look at the venues in Davao City, Tagum, and Davao Del Norte.
The inspection was done three years before the scheduled SEA Games hosting of the country, with Ramirez insisting on a thorough evaluation about the readiness of the venues this early to see if.
“Maaga ‘yung inspection para ma-klaro natin kung possible ba o hindi (na mag-host ang Davao) kasi ang number one option is Manila pa rin,” said Ramirez.
Agustin mentioned the SMX Davao Convention Center, University of Mindanao, and University of the Philippines –Mindanao as possible venues for the hosting of the SEA Games.
However, he noted that Davao could face problems in terms of accommodations with 10,000 athletes and officials expected to take part in the SEA Games.
“Ang problema lang sa Davao is ‘yung accommodations sa Tagum,” said Agustin.
Maxey added Davao Del Norte has also offered venues for a few events but that could also face issues in terms of accommodations.
“When we were there, they were even proposing to hold eight events but the only problem there is the lack of hotel rooms,” Maxey said.