Pinaalam ni Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general John Patrick Gregorio na inaprubahan ng Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) ang pagbibigay ng katumbas na P1.5M halaga para sa pagbili ng official transport ng POC.
Ang kakulangan ay pinuno naman ng Toyota Motor Philippines na sumang-ayon na akuin ang balanse sa presyo ng 29-seater na Toyota Coaster na nagkakahalaga ng P3.453 milyon.
“This is part of our marketing efforts per instruction of POC president Victorico Vargas. Our marching orders were to source P100M in sponsorships and we are already at 90% of that goal after only a little over a year. We are confident that we will hit the target by end 2019,” ani Gregorio.
Magugunitang pag-upo ni Vargas sa POC nakaraang taon, nakaipon ito ng P76M para sa pondo ng POC mula sa San Miguel Corporation (P50M), MVP Sports Foundation (P20M) at Philippine Basketball Association (P6M).
Nangako rin ang Summit Water at Milo na magbibigay ng suporta sa sponsorships na P1M at P1.225M.
“We have a lot of respect for Mr. Vargas who is also our chairman in the PBA. Although our teams are fierce rivals on the court, he has always conducted himself with fairness, competence and professionalism,” hayag ni San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua.(Lito Oredo)