The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently announced that the municipality was gearing up to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which will be held from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
According to SBMA Senior Deputy Administrator for Support Services, Ramon Agregado, the upgrading of facilities and accommodations to world-class standards are currently underway thus leaving them temporarily closed to the public.
Upgrades include converting Subic’s current six-lane track into a nine-lane oval, and the rehabilitation of Subic Gymnasium, SBMA Tennis Court, and Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
2018 Full Ironman in Subic’s Remy Field, the centerpiece of Subic’s development for SEA Games venue. (Image Credit: @sbcnewsolongapo via FB)
The SBMA also revealed that they are currently working with a budget of P170 million, as the national government had cut down the budget for the SEA games from P7.5 billion to P5 billion. Subic has been slotted to host 17 events:
Other SEA Games venues include the New Clark City, Metro Manila, Batangas, La Union, and Tagaytay. Eleven countries are expected to participate in around 56 sports and 523 events.
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