MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday reminded those who are interested to watch the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games events to follow security protocols implemented in sporting venues.
The SEA Games being hosted in the country will formally open on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan. It will run until Dec. 11, with closing ceremonies to be held at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
Participating in the biennial meet are more than 12,000 athletes and coaches, international media members and volunteers from 11 countries in the Southeast Asian region.
Thousands of spectators are expected to flock to various SEA Games venues across the country to rally behind their athletes competing in various sporting events.
The PNP reminded those who will visit the venues to watch the games to follow security procedures, and refrain from bringing the following prohibited items as listed in the 2019 SEA Games official Facebook page:
- Bottles, cups, and cans of beverages (including glass, tetra pack, PET or any container using hard material)
- Large bulky objects (ladder, stools, folding chairs, boxes, and paperboard containers, coolers)
- Video camera or any audio-visual recording device for non-personal use
- Camera extenders such as selfie stick, tripod and bipod
- Animals (pet and non-pet)
- Outside food and beverages
- Pyrotechnic materials including fireworks, flares, canisters, matches, lighters and cigarettes and vapes
- Large banners including flags exceeding 3 feet x 5 feet
- Flag poles exceeding one meter
- Propaganda materials containing racist, xenophobic, charity and ideological causes
- Flammable objects including spray gas cans, corrosive material
- Sharp objects
- Possible projectiles (sports equipment)
- Noisemaking items (airhorn, drums, whistles, bugles, vuvuzelas)
- Weapons and firearms
- Stimulants (alcohol, drugs, narcotics)
- Laser pointers
Bringing of backpacks, tinted plastics, fanny packs as well as purse, suitcase, camera case, duffle bag, and printed bag are also prohibited.
Organizers also said that it is enforcing a clear bag policy and only small clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” with or without strap and storage bags (Ziploc) are allowed.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac said spectators and vehicles going to sporting venues will be subjected to strict inspection.
The PNP also set up a tactical operations center at the Clark Freeport Zone to monitor the arrival and security of delegates.
Police forces will also be deployed to monitor assemblies that may be mounted by different groups to ensure safety and zero untoward incident.
The PNP likewise assured it has prepared contingency plan for the possible effects of Typhoon Kammuri as it creeps closer to the country.
The state weather bureau earlier reported that Kammuri is likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility between Saturday and Sunday and will be named “Tisoy.”
“Sila ang gagamitin natin kung saka sakaling may pangangailangan at makatoon ng immediate deployment at maraming bilang, ito usually ay magagamit natin kung sakaling magkaroon ng natural disaster,” Banac said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Leslie Huidem)
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