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.
Everyone inside the “bubble” system will be monitored via a contact tracing app that can track everyone’s movements during the duration of the restart of the PBA Philippine Cup.
And that app will be the StaySafePh monitoring system.
Officials of the PBA and the Bases Conversion Development Authorities discussed the precautions that they will use during web conference on Zoom yesterday.
Talks on safety measures took place after the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases gave the pro league its provisional nod.
The league may now hold scrimmages and five-a-side games that will go on next month at the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.
“It’s the monitoring system that will do contact tracing and will allow us to know where the players are, and if there’s proper distancing,” said PBA chairman Ricky Vargas.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority president Vince Dizon said that with the favorable government response on the PBA’s plans, the BCDA will allow and limit everyone’s movements.
And this will in the playing areas and practices areas at the facilities of the Angeles University Foundation (AUF), and at the surrounding areas of the 200-hectare Mimosa Golf and Country Club.
Mimosa will serve as the billeting area for those involved.
“The bubble will be limited to AUF and the Mimosa. And it can be adjusted to the safety and protocol requirement of the PBA,” said Dizon, who added that this can include other places if needed.
Participating squads will enter the bubble on Sept. 26 and scrimmages start the following day.
There will be two matches that will be played daily, and for seven days a week.