Despite being snubbed by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) led by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, state-owned PTV-4 is lending a helping hand to expand live television coverage of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
A source said PTV-4 and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) are drafting an agreement for the TV network to cover skateboard and BMX events.
The source said PTV-4 could only cover these two events given the lack of time to ask for sponsors to bankroll the live coverage of other sports events neglected by PHISGOC. Had PHISGOC-Cayetano entertained its offer, the source PTV-4 could have covered more live sports by doing its marketing earlier.
“PTV-4 wrote PHISGOC a letter as early as 2018 asking how it could help in the live coverage. But PHISGOC did not even bother to give it a reply,” the source said.
PHISGOC announced that TV-5 and ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. would handle the TV coverage of 14 of the 56 events in SEA Games – TV-5 will cover basketball, boxing, billiards, badminton, E-sports, taekwondo, karatedo, wushu and weightlifting; and ABS-CBN will televise football, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics and track and field. PHISGOC-Cayetano has budgeted
P136.545 million for broadcast content and service requirements.
It was only recently that PHISGOC-Cayetano finally admitted that it took an a job it could not handle on its own with its amateurish officers and irregular set-up where a private foundation would take charge of an event funded by public money.
Following a barrage of complaints from athletes and journalists about hotel, transfers, food, and venues, PHISGOC-Caytenao has grudgingly allowed the Department of Tourism, and private companies to pitch t save the country from further national embarrassment.
Cayetano has apologized for the mishaps but President Rodrigo Duterte believes this is not enough and wants the Speaker and his cronies probed for making his administration the laughing stock in the region.