Basketball fans, rejoice! It looks like the country’s premiere basketball league is making progress. According to the league’s website, Batangas City has given the league the go signal for PBA team clubs to hold practice sessions in the city’s gymnasiums. This is in preparation for the upcoming season, which is slated for this June.
“Okay na ang LGU (local government unit). JAO (Joint Administrative Order from the Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board, and Philippine Sports Commission) na lang, and maybe our teams can start practices middle of May [The LGU (local government unit) gave their OK already. We just have to deal with JAO (Joint Administrative Order from the Department of Health, Games and Amusements Board, and Philippine Sports Commission) na lang. Our teams can start practices maybe around the middle of May],” PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, who’s a Batangas native, said.
Marcial also disclosed that six to seven teams have expressed interest in training at Batangas while one or two clubs are inclined to accept the invitation by Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Manotoc for a camp in Laoag.
Strict quarantine guidelines in the National Capital Region (NCR) have prevented PBA teams from conducting team activities in the Metro. That’s why the league has been actively looking for alternatives closeby. Batangas is situated just south of Metro Manila, about a two hour drive away. That’s why a lot of basketball clubs are comfortable with the idea of driving to and from the city.
PBA officials intend to hold scrimmages within the month of May. They’re targeting to kick off the season 46 of the Philippine Cup by June. The ongoing pandemic has forced a lot of sports competitions to be delayed or canceled for the safety of the fans, players and all other people involved.
To put things into perspective, the City of Batangas is currently under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), a less strict quarantine quarantine as compared to the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) status of Metro Manila.