Oh shit! Shit shit shit! Hindi pa tayo ready for the SEA Games at BAKA CHALK PA ANG GAMITIN SA PAG-SCORE NG MGA ATLETA! PHISGOC CHAIR at HOUSE SPEAKER CAYETANO PINASA ANG MAGIGING KASALANAN SA PSC!
The 30th SEA Games that will be held here in the Philippine beginning November 30, which is about three weeks from this posting, SHOULD be a golden opportunity to put global focus on the CHANGE that the Duterte administration has made to happen.
It would IMMENSELY help the Duterte administration’s efforts to combat the widely spread disinformation that its anti-illegal drugs program has killed 30,000 people, that the administration has KILLED freedom of the press, and that the administration IS MORE CORRUPT than the previous one.
SHOWING will be light years better than just TELLING, as when the administration spent thousands of dollars sending some of its top officials around the world to meet with foreign press organizations to give them data-backed information regarding the war on illegal drugs and the status of press freedom.
Thousands of journalists and sports enthusiasts along with their family as well as friends coming over to the Philippines to watch the games will experience and see for themselves how the Philippines is.
Ideally, the foreign tourists coming to the Philippines because of the SEA Games and the millions who will be watching on TV should be talking about how no one is getting killed by cops on the street over a trumped up illegal drugs rap and how not one of them got bilked by a corrupt Customs/Immigrations official.
Most of all, we should expect that the Philippines has changed enormously over the past three years and that it is now a great place to visit as well as do business in. Or even better, a great country to locate their businesses and invest in.
But all of these expectation are now being threatened by some gliche in the preparations for the 30th SEA Games which experts warn will end up with PEOPLE HAVING TO READ SCORES WITH CHALK.
Imagine what a MONUMENTAL WASTE of HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS the entire FIASCO would be!
Recently, a report from ABS-CBN revealed that components of the IT system that would track the performances and display the scores of SEA Games athletes was far from ready.
Arnold Labadan has been “very worried” the last two weeks. The businessman from Butuan was recently appointed the “authorized representative” of a Filipino-Malaysian joint venture that was awarded a P388-million contract on October 11 to supply the Southeast Asian Games Information System or SEAGIS.
Labadan has put together an army of Information Technology (IT) specialists from the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia to achieve in record time what usually takes a year to prepare. Time is short. The 30th Southeast Asian Games are set to open formally on November 30.
Lawyer Jarie Osias, spokesman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), described the SEAGIS as a “one-stop shop” for scores, medal tally, player statistics, and other important data.
In addition, Labadan said, it is the job of his team to interface their software with timing and scoring equipment so that results can be delivered in real-time to anyone watching the Games live on television, on the web, or at competition venues.
This part of the project worries Labadan. “I know we are ready. We have the software. We can do our part. But what about the others?” he said.
“There is no network infrastructure, no connectivity, no cloud (at competition venues),” Labadan said. “The contract for that has not yet been awarded to anyone. Without connectivity, we can’t interface our software with the timing and scoring equipment.”
Labadan also lamented that many competition venues are not ready and some sports equipment have not arrived.
Janette Obiena, competition manager of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association or PATAFA, said one of her biggest concerns right now is that the software that will enable results to be “seen” by audiences in real-time has not been “connected” to the actual timing and scoring equipment that will be used in the Games.
“Imagine watching the 100-meter (sprint),” said Obiena. “Typically, when the race is finished, you should see the results immediately on the scoreboard or on TV. But if the software and the equipment aren’t working together, you would not see the results right away. That could be a problem. People watching from all over the world will want to see the results immediately,” she said.
“Timing and scoring have to be delivered in real time. If not, that would be a disaster. We would lose face,” Labadan said.
Without the SEAGIS, the games would have to be scored the way it was done agesago, using chalk and blackboards, said a Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) official.
Another report suggests that the emerging SEA Games crisis could be traced to a Temporary Restraining Order being contemplated by an IT Firm against SEA Games organizers.
Information technology company Atos filed for a temporary restraining order against the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) over a controversial bidding on the Games’ information system management.
Atos questioned the validity of the public bidding held last August 2019 for the event’s technical services – claiming that the Southeast Asian Games Information Systems (SEAGIS) project had already been awarded to the company as the winning bidder on January 16, 2019.
The company, a global business unit of the Atos Group, has handled the information system service of major sporting events, including the Olympics, the Asian Games, and the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
What this suggests is that the world will be seeing the scores of SEA Games athletes in chalk JUST BECAUSE SOME MONUMENTAL ARSE DECIDED TO ILLEGALLY AWARD its IT requirements to his or her CRONY.
MEANWHILE, JUST BEFORE THE TRAIN WRECK HAPPENS all that House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Alan Peter Cayetano has to say is “The technical aspect and the solution are there, except the cost is also there. But just last night, I talked to Chairman Butch, and he said whatever the SEA Games needs, we can rely on the PSC to sort it out.”
So, it seems Cayetano has PREEMPTIVELY SIDE STEPPED the potential internationally viewable FIASCO by passing it off to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
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