Dizon keys PBA restart
Uplifting the morale of a country battered by the coronavirus pandemic was the main objective of Vince Dizon in helping the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) restart its season. Dizon, the deputy chief implementer of the national task force COVID-19, helped in spearheading the restart of the 45th season of the PBA so it could bring back a semblance of normalcy and revive the country’s ailing economy.
“I am involved in the national task force against COVID-19 and, as of now, our direction is towards gradually reopening our economy,” said Dizon in an interview with Sports Page late Monday. “And we thought that what better symbol of trying to get back to normal — or new normal as they say — was restarting the most important pastime in the Philippines, which is basketball.”
True enough, Dizon played a key role in the return of the PBA. In fact, he was instrumental in raising the idea of bringing the league’s bubble concept in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga through his capacity as president and chief operating officer of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).
We had our presentation before the PBA board of governors and we showed that Clark City is a very viable location for the PBA bubble.
Aside from helping the league secure hefty discounts from the hotel, competition venue and other suppliers, the BCDA, through Dizon, would also cover the coronavirus testing, logistics, transportation and security for the 350-man delegation that would enter the bubble starting 27 September until mid-December.
After all, Clark has the medical facility, particularly its molecular laboratory and a very serviceable hospital in The Medical City. Dizon said the former American military base is an ideal place to restart the league since it has very reliable security, well-rounded facilities, amenities and infrastructure perfect for professional basketball players.
“We had our presentation before the PBA board of governors and we showed that Clark City is a very viable location for the PBA bubble,” said Dizon, who also hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the New Clark City.
“Number one, it is very secure and number two, we can provide facilities, infrastructure, health care facilities and leisure activities. We are confident that we can provide a safe bubble.”