The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) thanked the Games and Amusement Board (GAB), the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), and the Department of Health (DOH) for signing the joint administrative order that finally allowed professional sports teams to resume training amidst.
Atty. Edwin Gastanes, general secretary of PFF, said that the joint administrative order officially allows teams of the Philippine Football League (PFL) to conduct training sessions amidst the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“This will ensure that the players will be match fit once actual PFL matches are given the green light,” Gastanes said.
PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr. also looks forward to the preparations of the PFL clubs for the 2020 season of the league, which got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Upon the recommendation of GAB, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved on July 3 the protocols for professional sports teams, including those in the PFF, to resume training sessions.
However, the teams had to wait for the IATF to release the joint administrative order before conducting training sessions.
PFF said that the protocols approved by the IATF include:
- Only individuals who tested negative for COVID-19 will be allowed to resume training;
- Only a maximum of ten (10) persons will be allowed to attend team training;
- After the set of ten (10) persons finishes their training session, a thirty (30)-minute gap will be observed before another set of ten (10) persons may train;
- Inter-zonal travel is strictly prohibited.
Aside from those approved by the IATF, PFF said that PFL teams must also comply with the protocols set by PFF in the ‘PFF Operations Protocol for the Philippines Football League’.
PFF and the PFL conducted Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing on July 8 at the headquarters of the federation that resulted to a total of 155 individuals testing negative for COVID-19.
The football organization plans to conduct another RT-PCR testing for PFL players and officials who have yet to be tested.