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Basketball community joins the fight against COVID-19
by Reynald Magallon, March 23, 2020 12:24pm
The basketball community has joined the the rest of the country in the fight against COVID-19.
Some PBA players have extended their hands to those who are in need in the midst of the entire Luzon community quarantine in hope to contain the spread of the disease.
San Miguel Beer guard Terrence Romeo was reportedly giving a hand to the frontliners of the disease by donating face masks, gloves, alcohol and other essentials to the hospitals that are attending to some COVID-19 patients.
Romeo was reportedly donating his one month salary to aid the frontliners.
Aside from Romeo, other players have also made their moves to find a way to help in this time of crisis.
The Ravena family, led by TNT head coach Bong Ravena, NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena and former Ateneo standout Thirdy Ravena, have also distributed food packs for the soldiers and policemen on checkpoint posts.
Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso meanwhile had started a pledge to help those who are affected by the community quarantine specifically those PBA game-day employees who are facing loss of income after the PBa had suspended its games.
Cariaso together with the Alaska franchise pledged to donate a total of 100K in bid to shoulder at least two months of the monthly wages of the game day personnel.
Columbian Dyip guard and Rookie of the Year CJ Perez also gave 25,000 pesos for the cause while Meralco Bolts Cliff Hodge and San Miguel Beer Chris Ross also contributed with 20,000 pesos each.
Team owners, who are also businessmen and head of some of the top conglomerates in the country, also vowed to help the government in their fight against the disease by making life at least more livable for the Filipinos amid the lockdown.
Manny V Pangilinan, owner of the teams under the MVP group heeded the call of the president to help the government in this trying times by giving support to all of their employees to encourage them to just stay at home and prevent the spread of the disease.
SMC owner Ramon S Ang meanwhile reproduced nutribun which they will be donating to the poor, pledged to provide foods and essentials for the frontliners, and use the Ginebra San Miguel plant to produce alcohol which will be given to hospitals and local government units.
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