"We'll enforce the Maximum Allowable Benefits for our student-athletes this coming Season 84. So basically, nag-set ng guidelines ang UAAP na lahat na mare-receive na benefits ng student-athletes natin ay mayroong ceiling,” said University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics Dean Kiko Diaz during UAAP talk.

/ 18 July 2021

The new development is set to enforce a rule offered to the top recruits as well as to other players who will join the UAAP-eight schools for the sports, academic programs and not for the benefits.

“This, of course, is done so that hindi tayo basta-basta mag-entice lamang ng kahit na sinong students para lang makapasok sa universities natin,” Diaz said.

“These measures are done to level the playing field in terms of recruitment. Lahat kami may niche in terms of academic programs at kanya-kanya ding sporting events na nagdo-dominate. And by virtue of that, medyo lamang agad yung university na yun sa pag-recruit ng specific players,” he added.

Diaz also averred that guidelines were already formulated by the league’s board of trustees.

While UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag noted that the new policy is expected to be a hard task yet good for the betterment of UAAP.

“Challenges aside, ang importante dito, the UAAP is taking a stand, na pinapakita natin na ito ang direksyon namin and putting everyone on notice, not just the schools as well as probably the supporters nila para alam nila,” Atty. Saguisag shared. 

“We believe that we’re ready for the challenge and this is really a step in the right direction and we have the CHED to help us with that part.”