PBA to enforce strict measures at Clark bubble

The National Basketball Association allowed players on the bench not to wear face masks and  make contact with players and equipment......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 29th, 2020

More swab test inside bubble; activities back to normal after disinfection

CLARK FREEPORT–Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio, some PBA staff and members of the media on Thursday underwent their second swab test as part of the tight health measures being implemented inside the bubble.   The procedure was done in a stricter manner a day after the league reported that a referee was found to be a “suspect case”of the deadly virus on his fourth RT-PCR test. Hours later, he came out negative on the antigen test administered upon his arrival at the mega quarantine facility in Capas, Tarlac.  Tenorio and the 14 other delegates had to wait in their respective rooms in Quest Hotel for their turn in the swab testing area.  Alaska and Blackwater also had a second round of test for the week after several players raised concern of having possible contact with the suspected case.  The RT-PCR testing is done to the entire 350-man delegation every two weeks to ensure the safety and integrity of the bubble.  Save for a few late arrivals, all players and staff of the 12 teams already tested negative on their second swab test in the bubble administered last week.  Meanwhile, the PBA has lifted the suspension of activities in the hotel following the full disinfection of facilities.  Swimming, jogging and gym workouts were allowed anew starting on Thursday afternoon. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Modern tech will enforce protocols at PBA & lsquo;bubble& rsquo;

Modern technology will play a big role in enforcing health and safety protocols when games of the Philippine Basketball Association returns under a bubble setup in Clark City in Angeles, Pampanga this October......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

PBA plan gets good grades

Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and Clark Development Corp. board member Vince Dizon said the strict health protocols covering the designated hotel, facilities and venues in the planned PBA bubble, including the tournament site at Angeles University Foundation, should be enough for the PBA to earn the IATF nod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2020

PBA okays Clark Bubble play

Taking a page from the NBA, the PBA has crafted its own bubble program in Clark as it bids to resume hostilities in the Philippine Cup subject to government approval and under strict health protocols......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 17th, 2020

SM Prime income halved in H1 due to impact of pandemic

SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, posted a 46 percent drop in consolidated net income to P10.4 billion in the first half of 2020 from P19.3 billion in the same period last year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, SM Prime said its consolidated revenue for the first six months of 2020 registered a 23 percent decline to P43.7 billion from P57.0 billion in the first six months of 2019. SM Prime said it continues to innovate and strategize to recover from the unprecedented effects of the pandemic brought about by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including continuous support in the operations of tenants as well as assistance to various stakeholders across the country. “The first half of 2020 has been one of the most challenging periods we’ve faced as a company. With the government maintaining the implementation of quarantine protocols in most key areas in the Philippines where our businesses are, SM Prime is committed to sustaining its operations while adhering to the strict safety measures implemented by the government and continue providing convenience to our customers,” said SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim. SM Prime’s Philippine malls’ rent income dropped by 44 percent to P13.1 billion in the first half of 2020 from last year’s P23.3 billion on the back of lower mall revenue of P14.4 billion, 49 percent lower from P28.1 billion of the same period last year. This is driven primarily by waived rent and rental discounts granted to tenants since the start of the quarantine measures in March, which amounted to P11 billion as of end of June. SM Prime’s residential business, led by SM Development Corporation (SMDC), recorded P23.7 billion revenue in the first half of 2020, 11 percent higher from P21.4 billion in the same period last year. This accounts for 54 percent of the consolidated revenue of the Company. SMDC generated P42.4 billion reservation sales in the first six months of 2020, amidst the quarantine measures. SM Prime’s commercial properties business’ revenue has grown 16 percent to P2.5 billion in the first half of 2020. Operating income registered at PHP2.2 billion, 22 percent higher than P1.8 billion during the first half of the previous year. The offices business of SM Prime has business process outsourcing (BPO) offices as primary tenants, which were allowed by the Philippine’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to continue its operations throughout the quarantine period. The hotels and convention centers business segment contributed P1 billion to consolidated revenues in the first half of 2020 despite limited operations. Conrad Manila, Park Inn Clark, Park Inn North EDSA and Park Inn Iloilo remained operational to cater to BPO employees and returning overseas Filipino workers/seafarers. The Company’s biggest events center, the Mall of Asia Arena, on the other hand, was converted into Mega Swabbing Facility in partnership with various government agencies to help front- liners as well as returning overseas workers. “The Company is doing its part to help the country to contain the spread of the virus. For our employees and agency workers, we have conducted antibody rapid testing and RT- PCR testing during the start of GCQ in the country to assure the safety and uninterrupted delivery of services to customers and to protect its workforce,”Lim added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Cebu, Mandaue Cities Still on ECQ Amid IATF Resolution

The cities of Cebu and Mandaue have continued to enforce strict measures in battling the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) following the resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) placing them under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). The IATF-EID issued Resolution No. 37 on Friday placing the two highly-urbanized cities […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 19th, 2020

Robredo: Enforce quarantine rules, but be more compassionate

While she sees the need for strict implementation of quarantine measures to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Robredo said the enforcement should not be violent......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020

Group urges limits on hazardous chemicals in jewelry

A toxic watchdog urged the government to enforce strict measures that would restrict the hazardous chemical contents and substances in jewelry products to ensure public safety......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 13th, 2016

PBA alters schedule on account of COVID

CLARK — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will alter its schedule following the cancellation of some games due to the positive cases of coronavirus disease inside the quarantine bubble here. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said they would make some minor changes in their schedule to make sure that the Philippine Cup will still finish by […] The post PBA alters schedule on account of COVID appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News7 hr. 27 min. ago

4 more PBA teams undergo RT-PCR tests

      By JEREMIAH SEVILLA     SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Four more teams underwent RT-PCR tests as the third cycle of the mandatory swab testing resumed Thursday here in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble. Players, coaches and staff of Barangay Ginebra, NLEX, NorthPort, Rain or Shine and San Miguel went through a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News19 hr. 45 min. ago

From one phenom to another: Valdez does a  Ravena for birthday special

        By CARLO ANOLIN   Power couple athletes Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez aren’t called “Phenoms” for nothing. While Ravena is busy helping the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga, Valdez paid homage to his boyfriend in a special birthday greeting. The volleyball icon posted an impersonation video […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News19 hr. 45 min. ago

Medical exemptions get PBA nod

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said yesterday players who require medical attention not available in the New Clark City may leave the bubble and return for as long as they’re cleared by oversight committee chairman Dr. Jose Raul Canlas with compliance of health/safety protocols imposed by the Clark Development Corp. and IATF......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Belga stars in OT as Rain or Shine continues good run inside bubble

Beau Belga delivered when it mattered most in the overtime period. (PBA Images) Beau Belga had the last laugh with a stirring performance Tuesday night as Rain or Shine grinded out an 85-82 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the PBA Philippine Cup at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center. Belga scored five of his 20 points in the five-minute extension, a follow-up after missing a layup and a three-pointer that gave the Elasto Painters an 83-78 lead, and added 10 rebounds and four assists as the Elasto Painters pulled out a win while handing the Kings a second straight loss following a 4-0 start. But Rain or Shine needed one lucky break to secure its fourth win in five games inside the bubble known as Smart Clark Giga City after Ginebra cut the deficit to 83-80. Jewel Ponferada retrieved the ball after Rey Nambatac slipped before hitting a running one-hander for his only points with five seconds to go to make it an 85-80 lead for the Elasto Painters. Rain or Shine bounced back after falling short against Alaska, 89-88, last week while needing an extra day of rest when Sunday’s game with Blackwater was cancelled due after one of the Elite’s players initially tested positive for COVID-19. No one motivated coming into the game more than Belga, who was out to prove something after seeing a social media comment earlier in the day. “May isang hater na binatikos ako sa social media na puro pananakit lang daw ginagawa ko sa PBA and I just to prove him wrong,” Belga said during a postgame interview on One Sports. Coach Caloy Garcia was also glad that Belga was not the only player to step up for the Elasto Painters. Mark Borboran scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds while James Yap earned a starting role and produced a season-high 13 points. Nambatac only had eight points, but produced one of the game’s biggest shot with a three-pointer that tied the knot at 76-all with 2.1 seconds to go in regulation. Kris Rosales also scored all of his eight points in the first quarter that saw Rain or Shine take a 24-15 lead and forced Ginebra to play catch up throughout. Ginebra had to slowly inch its way back from being down 39-24 in the second behind Stanley Pringle and Scottie Thompson. Pringle’s jumper put the Kings ahead, 74-73, with over two minutes remaining in the fourth before Borboran missed two free throws and Gabe Norwood muffing a medium-range jumper. LA Tenorio got fouled and made a pair of charities for a three-point Ginebra lead before Nambatac continued his knack to have the ball in the clutch with the game-tying triple on the next play. Thompson finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks and Pringle had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists but Ginebra couldn’t recover from Sunday’s loss to sibling rival Magnolia. The scores: RAIN OR SHINE 85 — Belga 20, Borboran 13, Yap 12, Nambatac 8, Rosales 8, Onwubere 3, Norwood 3, Ponferada 2, Wong 0, Torres 0. GINEBRA 82 — Thompson 21, Pringle 20, Aguilar J. 13, Tenorio 10, Devance 6, Caperal 5, Mariano 3, Chan 2, Dillinger 2, Tolentino 0. Quarters: 24-15, 45-36, 61-57, 76-76 (Reg), 85-82 (OT)......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

No live audience? No problem: Ginebra still a charmer with massive online turnout

Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra goes for a dunk. (PBA Images) Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s drawing power remains evident even in defeat after One Sports once again garnered huge viewership online. Almost 180,000 viewers watched the live broadcast of Ginebra’s 85-82 overtime loss to Rain or Shine on One Sports’ Facebook page a day after TV5’s sports division garnered big numbers during Phoenix Super LPG star Calvin Abueva’s much-awaited return from a 16-month suspension. Abueva’s first game inside the bubble known as Smart Clark Giga City got a live viewership of 120,000 on Monday that saw Phoenix winning over NLEX, 114-110. Tuesday’s game which aired primetime got plenty of viewers late when Ginebra made a run in the fourth quarter to even take a 76-73 lead with seconds to go. But Ginebra fans were left disappointed when Rain or Shine’s Rey Nambatac tied things up with a three-point shot before Beau Belga came through with clutch baskets in overtime to seal the victory. It was Ginebra’s second straight loss after starting the PBA Philippine Cup with four consecutive wins. Ginebra absorbed its first defeat over the weekend with a 102-92 setback to sibling rival Magnolia. The Kings have another marquee game on hand this Friday against the defending champion San Miguel Beermen......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2020

Doc called it right

PBA medical consultant and oversight committee chairman Dr. Jose Raul (George) Canlas said yesterday one of the safest places to be in this pandemic is the Clark bubble where the pro league has resumed its 45th season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2020

PBA bubble, palpak; manlalaro ng Elite nagpositibo sa COVID-19

CLARK, PAMPANGA – Inaasahang ititigil na ang mga laro sa palpak ng  Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) bubble sa Clark, Pampanga matapos magpositibo ang isang manlalaro ng liga. Ito ang iniulat mismo ng PBA at isiniwalat na isang manlalaro ng Blackwater Elite ang nagpositibo sa coronavirus. Ayon kay testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon, sinabi na ng […] The post PBA bubble, palpak; manlalaro ng Elite nagpositibo sa COVID-19 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 25th, 2020

Coke PH expands Balik Pinas program for repatriated OFWs

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country—has expanded its Balik Pinas program to national scale to reach more repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and help them start their own business at home. Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “Coca-Cola’s commitment to Filipinos has only grown stronger, in weathering this crisis together,” said Gareth McGeown, CCBPI President and CEO. “We will help and support where we can. Through Balik Pinas, our goal is to help repatriated OFWs who have lost their livelihood abroad to start anew, via owning and operating their own business and be successful here, at home, with their families.” With the help of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), CCBPI aims to reach more OFWs who are interested to start their own business through Balik Pinas. Data from the Department of Foreign Affairs show that as of September 2020, over 190,000 overseas Filipino workers have been repatriated. Balik Pinas gives opportunities to OFWs to be part of the Coca-Cola family as a distributor, wholesaler, or a community reseller. Balik Pinas is a journey that the company and new entrepreneurs take together at every step—from setting up the business, to sustaining it, to ensuring growth. Coca-Cola assists former OFWs in choosing a suitable business model for their area, helps in managing their cash flow and inventory, and sees to it that they are given proper guidance and training until they are fully ready and equipped to operate on their own—all in all, a sustainable and profitable business founded on practical support from a global beverage brand. According to Carlos Rivera, CCBPI Territory Sales Team in Naga City, the Balik Pinas Program started as a small-scale initiative in Naga City to help former OFWs. Just a couple of months after returning home, Carlos Manzano and his family was able to set up their business as Coca-Cola distributor through the Balik Pinas Program, which Carlos said has reshaped his life and outlook forever. IN PHOTO: Carlos and their family’s multi-cab routing unit with the Coca-Cola Naga Sales team. When the program’s pilot rollout started, the Manzanos—brothers Carlos and Jazz, and their father Lito—were among the pioneer members. Carlos and Jazz had both been working for several years in Qatar until the COVID-19 pandemic shook the trajectory of their career and, consequently, the well-being of their families. Together with their father, Lito, who also used to be an overseas worker, they set up a beverage distribution business in their hometown Naga City. Their optimism, as with any new business venture, was tempered with anxiety over how it would all turn out—especially with the considerable challenge of launching during such tenuous times until Rivera offered them membership to the Balik Pinas Program of Coca-Cola. Now, the Manzanos are running a profitable business as Coca-Cola distributors. “Even when I had to leave Qatar suddenly because of the lay-offs, I always envisioned that I would head back to work there when things settle. But with Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas, I have a livelihood that doesn’t take me away from my family as being an OFW had,” said Carlos.  Lito can still remember his first order of 60 cases of Coke products. Now, the Manzano  family business has grown to an average of 4,000 cases a month, just five months after they started—a feat magnified for it being in the middle of a pandemic and strict quarantine measures. The Manzanos have also since invested in routing units to augment their business’s capabilities—a multicab and a tricycle. Since starting his business in 2019, Billy Belleza (left), is now one of the prominent Coca-Cola distributors in his area and has added another mini truck to serve more routes and deliveries. Billy is one of the pioneers of Coca-Cola’s Balik Pinas program. Another Balik Pinas program pioneer member is Billy Belleza who decided to return to the country after working for 20 years in Brunei. “I am really thankful that Coca-Cola reached out to me to be a part of this. They have never failed to present opportunities for me and my business to grow since I decided to take part in the Balik Pinas Program. My sales actually soared this year,” said Belleza, who is also based in Naga City. According to Rivera, Balik Pinas Program was really designed for returning OFWs like Billy, Carlos, and Jazz and their families to set up and run a viable business at home. “With their success and in light of current events, this program was expanded to operate on a national scale, so the company can lend assistance to repatriated OFWs and their families as they weather through new challenges brought on by the pandemic,” Rivera said. Coca-Cola has consistently sought to create programs to support MSMEs, more so now with the COVID-19 pandemic having disrupted countless lives and livelihoods. With programs like Balik Pinas, Coca-Cola remains firm in their commitment to help local communities, contributing to the restart of the national economy—by way of reaching out to Filipinos.  To know more about the program, you may reach Coca-Cola’s contact center at (02)-8813-COKE (2653). For SMART/PLDT users: toll-free number: 1800-1888-COKE (2653); and for GLOBE users: toll-free number: 1800-8888-COKE (2653). You may also contact 0919-160-COKE (2653) via SMS......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

BatangPier wagi vs Dyip

CLARK, Pampanga – Naitipa ng NorthPort Batang Pier ang unang panalo sa PBA bubble matapos gibain ang Terrafirma Dyip, 107-96, sa PBA Philippine Cup elimination round na ginaganap sa Angeles, Pampanga. Bumida sa panalo ang ikinamadang 23 points ni Christian Standhardinger at ang crucial points nina Kelly Nabong at Renzo Subido sa huling minuto ng […] The post BatangPier wagi vs Dyip appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Fuel Masters draw motivation from sidelined teammate Abueva

Though already in the PBA bubble in Clark City, Abueva has still not been given the green light to get back on the hardcourt even more than a year removed from his initial sentence......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

Ravena preaches against complacency as TnT goes unbeaten in PBA bubble

TnT Tropang Giga head coach Bong Ravena is keeping his squad humble and hungry amid a 5-0 start to their Philippine Cup campaign in the PBA bubble in Clark City, Pamapanga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020