DOH, PSC, GAB say updates to JAO imminent

The joint administrative order that allows professional sports practices amid the COVID-19 scare is subject to tweaks. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Expect changes to the joint administrative order regarding sports practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the Department of Health, Philippine Sports Commission, and Games and Amusements Board jointly said on Monday that they can amend the order anytime.

"In the resumption of these activities, the department assures that DOH, GAB, and PSC will continuously update the joint administrative order and other applicable issuances based on emerging evidence and best practices," said DOH, which made the joint statement.

An implication to this is the possibility of leagues not under GAB's sanction to continue their team practices.

In the original ruling, only the professional leagues recognized by GAB right now, the PBA, PFL, and the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3, can clear their teams for practice.

"Pursuant to the JAO, health-enhancing physical activities and sports under the jurisdiction of PSC and GAB may be allowed subject to the observance of the minimum public health standards," the statement continued.

The pro leagues are then "encouraged to develop their health safety protocols and guidelines on the resumption of training and activities during the COVID-19 pandemic in conformity with provisions of the PSC-GAB-DOH JAO and other GAB requirements."

PSC, GAB, and DOH then said that they "will be open to provide technical assistance to sports associations in reviewing their health and safety protocols and guidelines to ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals for the duration of the COVID-19 health event."

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