Jun 07, 2021

PBA welcomes jabs for working population

THE Philippine Basketball Association welcomed the rollout of vaccination for the working population Monday, believing that it would help boost the Philippine economy.

League officials said COVID-19 jabs for the economic frontliners can well help the industry back on its feet.

For the pro league, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said it would be an opportunity to make another step towards their goal of kicking off PBA Season 46 early July if not late June.

"It's definitely a welcome development for the nation. For the league, we would know concrete steps to make after June 15 when the IATF announces whether to upgrade, downgrade or keep the quarantine classifications in different areas in the country," said Marcial.

On Monday, 50 frontliners from the food, media and entertainment, transport, tourism, business process outsourcing, retail and government sectors were inoculated at a "ceremonial" vaccination at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

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Athletes, including PBA players, belong to the fourth priority group after the health sector, seniors and persons with comorbidity.

MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos has invited the PBA to promote vaccination, and the PBA is just too willing to assist.

The PBA chieftain said PBA players are committed to help promote the importance of inoculation.

"Hindi lang makabalik sa laro ang nasa isip ng PBA; foremost is to be of help in an effort to achieve herd immunity in the country," said Marcial.

With NCR Plus still under general community quarantine with restrictions, PBA teams have been preparing for Season 46 out of town or in areas under less strict quarantine measures.

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"Ang ganda ng takbo; teams have proven kaya nilang dumisiplina on their own," said Marcial. (SB)