National athletes preparing for the coming Southeast Asian Games will have to train on their own and in provinces and areas which offer less restrictions.
SEA Games chef de mission and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez made this announcement as the PSC is set to put two sports facilities under its control in a 10-day lockdown.
“Hindi pa tayo maka-prepare. This will all depend on the rise in COVID-19 cases,” said Fernandez.
Malacanang on Monday approved the PSC’s request for a 10-workday lockdown starting on April 13, after 63 of its personnel tested positive for the virus.
This means that both the administrative offices at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig City will be under confinement as they get thorough disinfection and cleansing.
And with the many parts of the country under a modified enhanced community quarantine status, Fernandez said training of athletes at the RMSC and the Philsports Complex won’t be happening anytime soon.
Having a bigger facility to put national athletes train under one roof will have to be pushed back and this could happen in May, if all goes well.
For now, some members of the national team have been able to train under a bubble in Dumaguete, Ormoc, Zamboanga, Cebu, Bohol and Baguio City, in coordination with the local government units.
Fernandez said PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. is on top of the situation concerning the facilities in Manila and in Pasig.
Iroy has been meeting the management committee of the PSC to ensure that the agency’s health safety protocols are revisited and fortified.
In a statement, Iroy said observance of all safety protocols in place is a must, adding that more stringent measures and sanctions await those discovered not following these rules.
“It is for their’s and everyone’s safety. We all have a family to protect,” Iroy said.
The PSC office’s operations will shift to work-from-home arrangements on those lockdown dates to ensure that delivery of service remains unhampered.
“We hope to break the transmission during those days, to arrest the spread of COVID-19 among our employees,” explained Chief of Staff Marc Velasco.
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