PBA to donate PPEs, keep helping gameday crew

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2020 11:44 AM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial. PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will donate personal protective equipment (PPEs) to hospitals, commissioner Willie Marcial said on Tuesday.

This, on top of continuing their efforts to help the league's game day crew and referees.

"Magdo-donate ang PBA ng PPEs worth P1 million," Marcial told ABS-CBN News. "Ako 'yung point person, maghahanap ako ng supplier tapos ako din ang magsa-suggest kung saang ospital."

"Kung pwede, sana umabot din ng provincial (hospitals)," he added.

Marcial also guaranteed that the league will continue to take care of their gameday crew, such as the referees, table officials, and statisticians.

"Kung ano binibigay natin last month, 'yun pa rin ang bibigay natin," he said.

PBA players and coaches have also done their part to help the gameday crew, with Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso spearheading the efforts to raise funds for them.

Cariaso credited "42 generous donations from players, coaches, friends, team managers, a team owner, and a whole team" as they surpassed their goal last month.

"Thank you very much to those who helped out in this endeavor to take care of those close to us. The process to transfer funds has begun, and we have reached out to almost half of them already," he also said.

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