Saving face, racing against time

Editorial cartoon by Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2019 06:52 PM

Saving face, racing against time

With just over 3 weeks to go before the 30th South East Asian (SEA Games) in the Philippines, organizers are racing against time to complete all the infrastructure needed for the biennial event. 

While a number of venues, like the Athletics Stadium and Aquatics Center in New Clark City, appear to be all ready for the athletics and swimming, diving, and water polo, respectively, an important piece in the games' overall infrastructure is still being resolved: its information system

In an exclusive report by ABS-CBN's Gigi Grande, it turns out that as of posting, the information technology (IT) infrastructure needed for the games has not been completed. 

“There is no network infrastructure, no connectivity, no cloud (at competition venues),” said Arnold Labadan, representative of a Filipino-Malaysian joint venture that won the contract to supply the SEA Games Information System (SEAGIS) for the games.

“Timing and scoring have to be delivered in real time. If not, that would be a disaster. We would lose face,” he said.

The SEAGIS is a “one-stop shop” for scores, medal tally, player statistics, and other important data. Without it, the games would have to be scored the way it was done ages ago, using chalk and blackboards, said a Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) official. 

IT staff have been mobilized to try to solve the problem, and organizers hope to have it resolved before the games begin, officially on November 30. 

As host, the Philippines is hoping to be the overall winner of the 30th SEA Games, just the way a number of the previous hosts have been able to accomplish. 

The Philippines' face—and pride—are at stake in its hosting of the 30th SEA Games. Let's all do our share in making it a success.