PBA takes first step to resumption


    THE PBA Commissioner’s Office is looking forward to going fully operational by this month.

    Commissioner Willie Marcial is hoping all the other league activities, foremost of which are the games, would soon follow suit.

    “Sana, if OK talaga lahat,” Marcial told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday after partly overseeing the six-hour disinfection of his office in Libis, Quezon City.

    Initially, Marcial’s staff will go back to work only at half force with shifting enforced.

    “Once na naging fully operational na tayo, then hopefully maisunod na natin iyung ibang mga gawain natin, lalo na iyung games,” added Marcial.

    Last Saturday Marcial and his 40-member staff have undergone swab testing for COVID-19 at the San Miguel Corp. headquarters.

    “Maayos naman at hihintayin na lang namin ang resulta in a week’s time,” related Marcial.

    “Siyempre, panalangin ng lahat negative iyung mga resulta para makabalik na tayo sa trabaho, full force, sa loob ng buwan ng June,” added Marcial.

    “Kasunod noon, ‘yung ibang mga players  na nakapag-test na rin at negative din, payagan ng makapag-praktis by shifts.”

    All three SMC teams, San Miguel Beer, Ginebra and Magnolia, have all been tested while other squads are also set to follow suit in the light of the latest developments.

    The PBA has played only one game in its season-opening Philippine Cup before being forced to shut down last March 11 due to the pandemic.

    Starting today Metro Manila will be moving into the more relaxed general community quarantine  and it is hoped other  teams would be allowed to go back to the gyms soon.

    On Wednesday, the board of governors will hold its meeting at the PBA office to further discuss the league’s return plans and protocols for the new normal.

    Marcial has previously revealed some strict safety measures would be enforced once the government has a firmer grip on the pandemic, finally allows sports-related mass gatherings and fans are allowed to watch the games.

    The wearing of face masks, physical distancing for fans, regularly sanitizing the venue facilities  and, above all else, testing of all persons involved would be implemented once the PBA tries to salvage at least part of its severely-disrupted Season 45.