PHISGOC Chairperson Allan Peter Cayetano welcomes Ajinomoto Co. Inc (AJICO) as major sponsor of 30th SEA Games during the signing of agreement at SM Aura in Taguig City on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Also in the photo (from left) Marc Velasco of Philippine Sports Commission, PHISGOC Chief Operation Officer Ramon Suzara, AJICO Corporate Vice President Kaoru Kurashima and Ajinomoto Philippines Corp. President Ichiro Sakakura. (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

MANILA -- The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) on Wednesday welcomed Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (AJICO) as one of major sponsors of the 30th SEA Games slated from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 this year.

PHISGOC chairperson Alan Peter Cayetano has expressed his gratitude to Ajinomoto for its commitment to ensure the success of the 30th SEA Games, which the Philippines will be hosting for the fourth time.

“We are very thankful to Ajinomoto for joining the growing list of corporations which are partnering with PHISGOC. The outpouring of support from multinational companies encourages the organizers to work harder every day," Cayetano said during the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PHISGOC and AJICO at the Kalayaan Hall of SM Aura Premier in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“We will do our best and we will make sure that every centavo spent on this Games will have real value for you, your company and your product,” he added.

Corporate vice president Kaoru Kurashima signed the MOA on behalf of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (AJICO).

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the success of this SEA Games, marking the close relationship between the Philippines and Japan," Kurashima said.

Japan Embassy's Minister for Economic Affairs Makoto Iyori, PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara, Philippine Sports Commission representative Marc Velasco, Ajinomoto SEA Regional Headquarters vice president Tomoyuki Nakahashi and Ajinomoto Philippines Corp. president Ichiro Sakakura witnessed the signing ceremony.

Ajinomoto also served as a major sponsor of the 29th SEA Games held in Malaysia in 2017.

In 2016, Ajinomoto was named as one of the sponsors of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Ajinomoto is the eight sponsor of the 30th SEA Games after Philippine Airlines (PAL), Atos, GL Events, Grand Sport, Asics and Media-Pro Asia.

The 30th SEA Games will be held across venues in Clark (Pampanga), Subic (Olongapo), Tagaytay (Cavite) and Metro Manila.

The 11 participating countries in the SEAG are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Timor Leste, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. (PNA)