No rush for PBA return to NCR
MANILA, Philippines — The PBA won’t hurry jumping back to Metro Manila despite the capital easing to the more relaxed general community quarantine (GCQ) classification from Sept. 8-30.
The pro league, which can only play in areas under GCQ, relocated to Bacolor, Pampanga for the Philippine Cup restart while the NCR was under stricter enhanced community quarantine and modified ECQ levels.
“Pag-aaralan nating mabuti,” commissioner Willie Marcial told The STAR. “But as of now, hindi natin basta-basta ililipat ang PBA sa NCR. Kailangan ng pag-aaral. Kailangan din nating malaman paano na after Sept. 30.”
The PBA reopened at the Honorio Ventura State U Gym last Wednesday under a semi-bubble setup, and Marcial is pleased with how the first week went.
“Maganda ang tinatakbo natin,” he said.
There were some bumps as NorthPort was placed under health protocols the entire week while two matches (Alaska vs San Miguel and Meralco vs Ginebra) were later postponed in accordance with the safety guidelines.
“Kausap ko yung team managers and si (PBA medical consultant) Doc (Raul) Canlas, nothing alarming,” he said. “Okay naman tayo. Hopefully by next week, dahan-dahan nang mag-settle-down.”
According to Marcial, NorthPort is expected to be back in practice and resume its campaign this week. Same with the squads affected by the postponements.
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