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Panalo sa patong! Cayetano’s PHISGOC prices shorts for SEA Games athletes at P5K each, socks at P2.7K a pair

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Polo shirts that cost P5,150 each and socks priced at P2,700 per pair.

These were the prices of sportswear that the private organization chaired by Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano wanted the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to sponsor for the Filipino athletes who will take part in the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) reportedly asked the PSC to shell out P59.2 million for the apparel made by foreign sportswear brand Asics, according to a document obtained by Politiko.

In a letter dated April 25, 2019, PHISGOC asked PSC chairman William Ramirez to shoulder the cost of purchasing 1,150 sets of sportswear from Asics since the brand will only foot the bill for 1,350 sets.

Each set cost P41,160.

PHISGOC said the volume of sportswear needed by Filipino athletes increased as 16 more sports were added to the event, and the organization also had to take care of the attire of those who will compete in the ASEAN ParaGames.

“After a meeting between 2019 Deputy Chief De Mission Stephen Fernandez, PHISGOC PCO Deputy Director for Planning Don Caringal, POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) General Manager Arturo Aro and Sonak Corporation President Anil Buxani, the new estimate now, given there will be 56 sports, would be 1,895 sets for athletes and coaches,” the letter read.

Attached to the letter was the supposed breakdown of the sportswear for the Filipino SEA Games athletes, with the price per item as follows:

⁃ Polo shirt: P5,150
⁃ Round neck shirt: P2,480
⁃ Track jacket: P6,310
⁃ Track pants: P7,400
⁃ Shorts: P5,100
⁃ Socks: P2,700
⁃ Backpack: P3,190
⁃ Running shoes: P3,950
⁃ Cap: P2,400

Cayetano denied the athletes’ apparel were overpriced when he was asked about it by reporters at an event last June.

He accused critics of muddling the issue by comparing the unit prices of the items requested to the unit prices of the supplies sold at stores.

He said the quality of sportswear that Asics agreed to provide to the athletes were far superior from what was found in stores.

“Ang problema, instead of bringing it up to the board, pumunta sila sa retail outlets, naghanap ng discounted outlets. ‘Yung sa outlet, iba sa Olympics (standard) na number,” Cayetano said.

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered PHISGOC to stay out of preparations for the 2019 SEA Games due to alleged corruption.

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