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GAB lauds PFL and PBA response to health protocol

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THE Games and Amusement Board (GAB) on Friday lauded the Philippine Football Federation (PFL) and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for their well-studied prevention strategies for Covid-19.

Yesterday, PFL Secretary General Atty. Edwin Gastanes, PFL Commissioner Coco Torre, and PBA Deputy Commissioner and Operations Manager Eric Castro attended the ‘Kamustahan sa GAB’, a weekly program of GAB which aims to address the concerns of Pinoy professional athletes and other pro sports stakeholders, to present their training guidelines.

PFL Commissioner Coco Torre presented the ‘PFL 11 Core Strategies’ that will be  observed by the League once the athletes’ physical conditioning activities resume; the said guidelines were endorsed by the GAB to the IATF last month.

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Speaking for the League, Torre added that the PFL will adopt a contactless registration process and online health-monitoring system for their players, coaches, and support staffs by using exclusive QR codes.

While, Atty. Gastanes promised Chairman Baham Mitra, Commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Mar Masanguid that the GAB regulating officials will be given access to the livestreaming videos of physical conditioning activities of the PFL in Carmona, Cavite.

PBA Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro, on the otherhand, agreed to follow the GAB Medical Guidelines and the DOH minimum health and safety protocols, particulary the apppointment of Health and Safety Officers and mandatory Covid-19 testing for PBA players and essential personnel.

Meanwhile, in a meeting of Chairman Mitra and GAB division heads with the Department of Health, Mr. Rodley Desmond Bautista, head of DOH Policy and Technology Section, announced that the Joint Administrative Order for the conduct of professional and non- professional sports physical conditioning activities may be released next week after the approval of DOH Legal Department is obtained.

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