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Batangas welcomes PBA teams

Ian Suyu



PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PBA Meralco head coach Norman Black feels Batangas is not an ideal venue for his team’s practice sessions.

The province of Batangas has agreed to host the practice sessions of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) teams in preparation for the league’s proposed reopening in June.

After a series of talks involving PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, Batangas City Mayor Beverley Dimacuha and Rep. Marvin Mariño, it was agreed that training can kick off by mid-May.

“Okay na ang LGU. JAO (Joint Administrative Order from the Department of Health and Games and Amusements Board and Philippine Sports Commission and maybe we can start practices by the middle of May,” Marcial said.

Unlike Metro Manila and the nearby provinces of Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, Batangas is not under MECQ since it is under the less-stricter GCQ.

According to Marcial six to seven etams are eyeing to hold camp in Batangas, which is offering two training centers in the Batangas City Coliseum and the Batangas State University Gym.
Still, not everyone is pleased about the hassle of making the drive to Batangas.

Meralco head coach Norman Black said the club is already trying to look elsewhere.

“Batangas is quite away from Metro Manila. I’m not sure if we’re going to take advantage of that,” Black said. “A lot of my guys live in Quezon City, so that’s quite a waste to travel everyday to Batangas.”

Batangas is just off the Greater Manila that also includes the three provinces plus Bulacan.

“First, we have to figure out where we could train. Until we can figure out the logistics and all, we just have to wait on what exactly is going to happen going forward,” Black said.

Owing to the surge in cases of Covid-19, Metro Manila plus the neighboring provinces, dubbed NCR-Plus, are under modified enhanced community quarantine.