MANILA, Philippines — A total of 17,734 security personnel from various government agencies will be deployed to secure Metro Manila in the coming days for the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Forming the Task Group Metro Manila are personnel from the Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Office of the Civil Defense, local government units, and other government agencies. The personnel were deployed after a send-off ceremony at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
The SEA Games, composed of 530 events of 56 sports, kicks off on November 30 and will end on December 11 in 39 venues across Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon), and La Union province.
Nineteen venues for 24 sports are located in Metro Manila.
An estimated 9,840 participants are expected to join the SEA Games.
The Philippine National Police said a component of the task group was already deployed days before the send-off ceremony was held at the headquarters of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) since some foreign participants have started arriving in the country.
A bulk of the task group will be deployed in the coming days, the PNP said.
PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said there is no threat being monitored for the SEA Games.
“But the evaluation continues. We don’t stop evaluating,” he said in a press briefing.