THE Philippine Basketball Association is doing its own share in helping out thousands of families left homeless in the wake of continuous rains that flooded most of the metropolis the past few days.
The league board chaired by Mamerto Mondragon and Commissioner Chito Salud have begun mobilizing the assistance of the entire PBA family on Wednesday to donate to its ongoing community fund drive.
Salud and the board got the ball rolling by donating P1 million to the cause.
Talk `N Text team owner Manny V. Pangilinan followed suit by handing out P1 million as well through the MVP Sports Foundation under coach Chot Reyes.
Similar pledges are also being made among players and coaches. who have been pooling their resources which now reached P150,000 and still counting.
“The PBA is always ready to respond to the needs of our kababayans. Our track record bears that out,” said Salud in a statement. “Aside from the PBA’s 1M donation in cash, our team owners and our players are ready to take part in.any activity that supports the cause of alleviating the plight of those families victimized by the recent floods.
“We send our deepest sympathy to the victims.”
Due to heavy rains, the scheduled board meeting on Wednesday was also deferred, with most of the agenda to be discussed likely to be tackled instead during the PBA annual planning session among board members in Macau from August 10-12.
Donations however, can be in cash or in kind, according to media bureau chief Willie Marcial.
The donation will either be coursed through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council or the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Bobby Barreiro, chief operating officer of TV5 is reportedly working out a relief operation program that would involve PBA players and team and league officials.
“I am so proud of our PBA players who are eager to help out the flood victims,” added said. “They are truly responsible and kind-hearted individuals, and it is with genuine concern that they offer to participate in relief operations.”
PBA chairman Mert Mondragon of Rain or Shine echoed Salud’s sentiment.
“While it is heartbreaking to see the harrowing plight of our countrymen in the wake of this calamity, it is at the same time heart-warming to know that our players are volunteering for relief operation work,” Mondragon said. "This truly is the PBA way."