Apr 29, 2021

PBA to use own platforms to help in nation-building

AMIDST lingering uncertainties, the Philippine Basketball Association is looking to exert more effort and be a little more active in the fight against COVID-19.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said they could use their manpower and league platforms to help promote the need to follow health protocols to survive the pandemic.

"We'll use our platforms and call on our players to step forward and relay to our kababayans the importance of observing the minimum health standard set by the government," said Marcial.

"Kailangan magtulungan ang lahat para matulungan natin ang bansa natin maibaba ang COVID cases," he added. "Hindi lang tungkol sa PBA ito; buong bansa. Kailangan gumulong ang ekonomiya."

The league commissioner and the members of the PBA board convened in a meeting shortly after Marcial and Barangay Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua's dialogue with Sen. Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in Malacanang.

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In the Palace meeting, government officials promised to help the PBA in its vaccination program for members of the PBA family.

They hinted, though, that the PBA won't be allowed to resume play for as long as the virus infection cases are at a high level.

"Kaya dapat magtulong-tulong. At tutulong ang PBA," said Marcial.

"Naka-meeting na natin ang mga players at coaches. Sasabihan natin ang taong bayan na kailangan magtulong-tulong para sa ating bansa. Kung mapababa ang cases, matutulungan ang negosyo, makakapagsimula ang entertainment (business) at makakapagbigay pagasa at saya sa tao," Marcial added. (SB)