Mar 20, 2020

PBA taking care of its game-day crew

With show time on hold in quarantine time, the Philippine Basketball Association won't allow its game-day personnel to suffer.

Business giants Ramon S. Ang and Manny V. Pangilinan, owners of three ball clubs in the pro league, are among the first major responders in this time of crisis, lending big help to our countrymen.

Their teams and the six other PBA ball clubs, of course, will not let the PBA crew to be left behind.

"Bago pa pumutok ng husto ng problema nag-decide na ang PBA board hindi natin pababayaan ang mga tao natin," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.

The ball clubs are honoring their respective payrolls for players and coaches even with the games on indefinite suspension.

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The question is the ones getting paid for their day's work as statisticians, table officials, gatekeepers, entertainment personnel and parking personnel.

"Tinutulungan namin sila. Part sila ng PBA family, hindi namin sila pababayaan. Hanggang mayroong ganitong problema at sitwasyon, kami'y tutulong; kahit two, three months (length of tournament stoppage), tutulong kami," said Marcial.

And the league chieftain saluted players and individuals who volunteered to help the league's game-day crew.

There's Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso who initiated a fund drive that quickly drew support from players like Chris Ross, Harvey Carey, Kiefer Ravena, Cliff Hodge, Nico Salva and many others.

And there are those doing their shares silently, preparing food packages for the frontliners in this battle against the deadly coronavirus disease.(SB)

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