The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has already received the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), however, Batangas won’t be able to host the league’s Philippine Cup.

/ 8 August 2021

The IATF, on Friday, gave PBA the go signal to resume its games and conduct it in provinces that are only under a regular General Community Quarantine (GCQ) or a modified GCQ.

“Should the community quarantine classification of their proposed new venue be escalated to a community quarantine classification higher than GCQ, the PBA should look for another venue that is under GCQ or MGCQ,” said the IATF in a memorandum to the league.

Batangas province was the league’s prime choice to hold the tournament resumption under a semi-bubble setting since it also served as the venue to several PBA clubs during their preseason training.

Unfortunately, Batangas has been tagged in a much strict quarantine classification, under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions starting last Friday.

Now, the PBA management is considering other provinces under a much more relaxed quarantine classification to host its resumption.

With this development, the PBA is seeing Pampanga as a possible playing venue, which hosted the Philippine Cup last year under a full bubble setup.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial has confirmed that they are looking into working with Pampanga LGU again.

The province is currently under MGCQ, the lowest quarantine setting in effect.

But in the event the province is placed under a more restrictive quarantine, games will again have to be postponed or the league will have to look for another venue once again.

The PBA has played a total of 26 games since the opening of the season last July 16. Magnolia is leading the race, unbeaten in four games. The Gin Kings, on the other hand, are in the middle of the pack with a 2-2 card.