“We already drafted ‘yung safety protocols ng collegiate leagues,” said Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) national training director Marc Velasco after the sports agency crafted health protocols for the safe conduct of varsity tournaments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

/ 12 December 2020

The Philippine collegiate leagues are finally seeing a huge chance for a restart after PSC completely drafted health directions for collegiate leagues.

Velasco said the government sports agency is coordinating with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in making the guidelines for the resumption of college athletics in the country.

Velasco is PSC’s representative to the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that is also associated with the Department of Health and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). The body supervises the safe resumption of sports in the country.

NCAA is already sketching plans for the return of chosen sports, even if classes are still conducted exclusively online.

Moreover, NCAA is even planning to take action in a bubble format, possibly in Intramuros or Recto area where most of the member schools are located.

UAAP, on the other hand, recently announced the cancellation of Season 83 due to health dangers brought by COVID19.

Nasa level na po ng CHED to discuss with the IATF. Nag-participate po ang PSC doon sa drafting ng guidelines nila as well as colleges and universities associations,” said Velasco.

Velasco didn’t elaborate on the health protocols for college leagues.

Meron na po, but it’s up to the CHED and IATF for the green light. As of now, wala pa pong nilalabas,” said Velasco.

With the possible restart sooner or later of college leagues, PSC chairman William Ramirez forewarned the league members to strictly follow the safety protocols that will be imposed by the agencies or face sanctions from the government.

“I’m contacting Marc Velasco to reach out to the UAAP and NCAA to have a meeting and inform them of the protocols of the JAO and the Philippine Sports Commission,” said Ramirez.

“If they cannot maintain that, we will not allow them to play. Based on Republic Act 6847, we can sanction them and we will not hesitate to sanction them because the purpose is to save the lives of the athletes.”