Filipino workers act as tour guide to RP Team in Guangzhou; POC announces final line up

THE Philippine Consulate Office in Guangzhou will organized ‘volunteer action’ to help members Team Philippines get easy access in all their needs from sight-seeing to shopping during breaks of the Asian Games in Guangzhou.

Asian Games Screening Committee member Moying Martelino said Philippine Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno has informed him that the Consulate office have already signed up 30 Filipino working in Guangzhou to serve as ‘tour guide’ for the Team Philippines.

“This group of Filipino Workers have expressed their intention to help our athletes and sports officials. Itong grupong ito ang magdadala sa ating mga delegado sa lugar na mas ligtas para sa kanila. Hindi naman natin maiiwasan na mamasyal ang ating mga atlketa once their event is finish so its better na Pinoy din ang kasama nila,” said Martelino, who just arrived from high-level meeting with the Asian Games organizing Committee in Guangzhou.

During his three-day stay in the Asiad venue, Martelino had a chance to meet officials of the Consulate Office led by Mr. Jimeno.

“They are very supportive and accomodating. Hindi mahihirapan ang ating mga atleta,” added Martelino.

The former Asian basketball offical said that the bloody hostage-taking that claimed the lives of eight Hong Kong nationals headlines all newspapers in Guangzhou, but the incident was never been toiuch during the meeting.

“Wala ni isa na nagbanggit ng insidente. Basta sila sa sports lang nakatuon at ito naman ay nakakatuwa on our part,” said Martelino.

“Pero hindi naman nararapat na masayado tayong magrelax. So far we’re conseptualizing plan in about security measures for our athletes,” he said.

The Asian Games is slated Nov. 12-27.

Meantime, Asiad Chief of Mission Joey Romasanta will presented the additional athletes bounf for Guangzhou before the POC Executive Board today at the committee’s office in Pasig City.

Romasanta said he expected to get the approval of the Board to 205 athletes.

During the last Execom meeting,  the board approved the 160 nominees.

“This time, we can release the names of the athletes. Kailangan na rin natin itong ipadala sa organizers,” said Romasanta.

He said that the deadline for the submission of entry by names to the Asiad organizer is on Sept. 15.

Aside of seapk (3), sailing (1), shooting (2) and athletics (10), eight more sports associations appealed for the inclusion of their athletes to the Team Philippines. The possibility of the women’s basketball to be included hit a snag after the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) failed to appeal the scheduled draw for teams.

“We reviewed all the documents submittied to us. And this will be presented to the Board,” said Romasanta.


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