PBA employees to undergo COVID-19 testing

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2020 01:57 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- All 41 regular employees of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), led by commissioner Willie Marcial, are scheduled to be tested for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This, through an initiative of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) president Ramon S. Ang.

SMC, which has been at the forefront of providing support to the government in slowing down the outbreak of COVID-19, recently provided testing booths and kits to all 17 local government units in the National Capital Region, to expand the country's testing capacity.

It also donated RT-PCR testing machines and automated RNA machines to key government hospitals, before turning its attention to the PBA.

Barangay Ginebra board of governor and SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua visited the PBA office on Monday as the league Management Committee personally convened for the first time in two months since the country was put under an enhanced community quarantine.

It was Chua who informed Marcial of Ang's offer to have all the regular PBA employees tested for COVID-19.

"Pinapaabot namin ang taos-pusong pasasalamat kay SMC president Ramon Ang sa malaking tulong na kanyang ibinabahagi upang matiyak ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng mga empleyado ng PBA," Marcial said in thanks.

The COVID-19 testing will be done at the San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas.

The commissioner said this is a major step towards the right direction, as the league bids to finally resume its 45th season that was stalled back in March due to the pandemic.

The league's Management Committee was tasked to come up with proper protocols that will be followed once regular operations within the PBA office resumes, either on the last week of May or first week of June. 

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