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Dizon: PBA Given Provisional Approval Pending JAO Amendment

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The PBA was only granted a provisional approval by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases for its Philippine Cup restart since the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) for pro sports still needs to be amended.

National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vivencio Dizon said they will incorporate the strict health protocols to be implemented by the PBA in the restart next month in Clark, Pampanga to the JAO.

“‘Yung protocols natin sa PBA bubble, mas istrikto yung ating PBA protocols kaysa doon sa protocols sa JAO. So kailangan lang amiyendahin yung protocols na yun,” Dizon said in a virtual press conference.

“Provision na lang ‘yun dahil kailangan i-adjust ngayon ‘yung agreement ng GAB [Games and Amusements Board] at ng DOH [Department of Health] para ma-reflect yung mas stricter provisions dun sa PBA bubble,” he added.

Among the protocols the league will have in place to ensure safety inside the bubble are more stringent testing and high-tech contact tracing, as well as requiring everyone to wear masks at all times.

“‘Yung ating testing protocol ay mas stringent, ‘yung dalawa ang testing bago pumasok and even during the bubble itself. Kahit nasa loob po sila ng bubble, regular pa rin ang testing at ang monitoring,” Dizon said.

“‘Yung contact tracing po gagamitin natin yung StaySafePH, lahat po ng tao sa bubble ay kailangan gumamit nito para mamonitor po at masigurado na wala silang sintomas pati yung mga close contacts nila ay mamomonitor,” he added.

“And then, kahit po dun sa games and practices and scrimmages, yun pong nasa bench kailangan naka-mask pa rin. Tatanggalin po ang mask ‘pag maglalaro na,” he further said.