Palace on PH losing FIBA bid: Taas noo pa rin

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2015 08:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 09 2015 09:37 AM

MANILA – A Palace official said Saturday that the government is taking steps to develop infrastructure in order to make the Philippines a more attractive venue for investments, tourism and events, following the country's loss to China in its bid to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

In a radio interview, Communications Secretary Herminio ''Sonny'' Coloma said the Philippines must not lose heart, as the government aims to build more infrastructures that will make the country a more viable destination.

''Taas-noo pa rin po tayo diyan dahil patuloy pa rin naman 'yung ating pagtataguyod sa ating bansa bilang isang kaaya-ayang lugar para sa pamumuhunan, turismo, at pagdaraos ng mga kahalintulad na events o kaganapan," he said.

''Ang atin pong sinasabi, mayroon naman po tayong sapat na kakayahan para maging host ng event na 'yan, kaya lang kilalanin din natin na mayroon naman din pong proseso at pagpapasya 'yung mga opisyal ng FIBA,'' he added.

Coloma also praised the Philippine delegation for their presentation, which emphasized the Filipinos' battlecry (and hashtag) ''PUSO'' and love for basketball.

''Ang mahalaga po diyan ay 'yung inihayag po natin 'yung ating kagustuhan na maging host, at doon sa ating presentasyon doon, ginawa ng ating official delegation ang lahat para ikarangal 'yung ating bansa bilang isang karapat-dapat na host country,'' he said.

The Philippine delegation was led by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny Pangilinan. Other members of the delegation were Filipino-American actor Lou Diamond Phillips and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. were also among the delegates.

Coloma added: ''Wala po tayong dapat ikahiya dahil alam din naman po ng mga bansa sa daigdig na mayroon tayong sapat na kakayahan. Nakita na rin nila 'yan 'nung tayo ay nag-host na rin ng isang seksyon ng FIBA tournament noong nakaraan, at nakita naman po nila na mayroon tayong sapat na kakayahan hinggil diyan.''

The secretary also mentioned that a number of government projects in the pipeline, including public-private partnerships, are infrastructure projects.

''Mayroong 30 to 50 PPP projects na halos lahat ay infrastructure-oriented,'' he said.