The Volunteer Program for the Clark and Subic clusters were launched by officials from Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee at the ASEAN Convention Center, Clark Freeport Zone. (PIA Photo)

Clark Freeport Zone — The Clark and Subic clusters will have a total of 4,230 volunteers during the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).

For the figure, 2,250 volunteers will be stationed in events in Clark and 1,980 in Subic.

“The spirit of volunteerism and nationalism join us together to Win as One,” announced Chris Tiu, Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee Deputy Director for Volunteers Program, at the launch of the Volunteer Program.

“The passion and power of volunteers are the heart and soul of the SEA Games,” he continued.

3,150 volunteers will be lending a hand in events based in Metro Manila while 1,620 will volunteer in other clusters, for a grand total of 9,000 volunteers nationwide spread into the four clusters.

Tiu revealed how the volunteers expressed their intent, saying “out of 20,686 who have expressed their interest to join the volunteers program, 14,683 applied through the official SEA games volunteers’ online portals, which include 2,960 foreign applicants while 6,003 were committed by their respective schools.”

These Clark volunteers were generated through partner institutions namely the Mabalacat City College, Jocson College, Angeles University Foundation, Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Gentry International School, Our Lady of Fatima University, Ifugao State University, City College of Angeles, Holy Angel University, Tarlac State University, Clark College of Science and Technology, Systems Plus College Foundation, city government of Tarlac, Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Colegio de San Sebastian Pampanga.

Meanwhile in Subic, support was received from the Lyceum of Subic Bay, Subic Bay Colleges, Columban College, Gordon College, Mondriaan Aura College, President Ramon Magsaysay State University, Philippine Merchant Marine Academy, and St. Joseph College-Olongapo.

SEA Games 2019, the 30th edition, will feature 530 events in 56 sports, which is by far the biggest edition of the biennial multi-sports event in the region. (Jojo Mangahis)