MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has green-lighted the request of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to hold scrimmages and team practices in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, Malacañang announced Friday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, stressed that this is subject to health and safety protocols and vetting of Games and Amusement Board.
“Pinayagan ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ang mga scrimmages at practices ng Philippine Basketball Association sa mga lugar na general community quarantine at MGCQ subject to the health and safety protocols na pag-aaralan muna ng Games and Amusement Board,” Roque said in an online briefing.
The local government of Batangas City earlier agreed to host the team practices of the Philippine Basketball Association in certain local venues. Batangas City is under GCQ until May 31.
Roque also announced that the IATF likewise approved the request of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to host the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in June 2021 in Clark, Pampanga.
Roque said this activity will be held under a “bubble-type” setting and subject to health and safety protocols.
“The testing and quarantine protocols of arriving foreign participants shall be subject to the FIBA-required protocols as presented, to the extent applicable, without prejudice to the entry travel restrictions,” stated Resolution 114 issued by the IATF-EID on Thursday.
The resolution also said that all non-player participants not covered by FIBA rules are mandated to self-isolate upon arrival in the venue and undertake RT-PCR testing on the sixth day before their release.
“The designated hotels within the bubble shall not accept other guests outside of the FIBA participants,” the resolution read.
As the national government agency with the visitorial and supervisory authority, the Philippine Sports Commission has been directed by the IATF to “assume responsibility for monitoring and supervising the compliance of the health and safety protocols of the event.