CHED joins call for college teams to follow COVID-19 protocols

CHED joins call for college teams to follow COVID-19 protocols

The rumored UST bubble further signified the importance of the student-athletes' safety during this health crisis. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The Commission on Higher Education joined the Philippine Sports Commission, Games and Amusements Board, and the Department of Health in calling on all the collegiate teams to adhere to the guidelines regarding sports practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amid the rumored practice bubbles set by the University of Santo Tomas men's basketball team and National University women's volleyball team, CHED chairman Prospero De Vera reiterated his stand that college students especially student-athletes should stay at home during this health crisis.

“[The] safety of our students is the topmost concern,” said De Vera on Wednesday.

Amateur athletes like varsity players are not allowed to hold practices yet, which means both squads could be held liable for violation of COVID-19 protocols.

PSC national training director Marc Velasco expressed his gratitude to CHED for continuing to champion college sports especially in this time.

“The PSC will always push to uphold the issuances regarding sports and physical activity and we are happy that CHED is a steady partner when it comes to sports in universities and colleges,” said Velasco.

Velasco, CHED executive director Cindy Jaro, DOH policy and technology head Rodley Carza, GAB chairman Baham Mitra, and UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag and Season 83 president Nonong Calano met earlier Wednesday to further discuss the UST bubble issue.

Saguisag and Calano said that UST is about to finish its probe on the Growling Tigers' bubble allegation and the UAAP is expected to receive the report by Friday, when the league board convenes to tackle the possible penalties to be slapped to the Tigers.

Saguisag and Calano said that they are also awaiting NU's side on its women's volleyball side's own bubble rumors.

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