THE PHILIPPINE Volleyball Federation sees the Premiere Volleyball League, a women’s professional league set to open next year, as a shot in the arm for the national team and not a direct competitor of the more-established Shakey’s V-League.
Gener Dungo, president of the Philippine Volleyball Federation, said the PVL has lent its support to the national team and made it clear that it will not compete with the Shakey’s V-League, whose members are mostly made up of collegiate teams.
The PVL is being organized by the SportsCore Event Management and Consultancy (SCORE) headed by international volleyball official Tats Suzara.
“We are the governing body of volleyball in the Philippines,” said Dungo. “We support all volleyball leagues.”
“(PVL) is different. The proceeds of this league will be used to finance the national team. Shakey’s is running (its) own league. Nag-uusap naman kami ng Sports Vision (V-League organizer) kaya no problem,” Dungo said.
Dungo said the league is targeting an April 6 opening with six teams participating, although PVL is reportedly eyeing an invitational tournament to launch the meet in January.
Dungo didn’t reveal the teams seeing action as they are still finalizing the deals with sponsors.
“We are in the process of selection ng mga players, teams, and sponsors. Naka-program na tayo by April 6,” Dungo said.
Dungo said each team will be allowed to have eight collegiate players, two graduate players, and two Fil-foreign players in their roster.
Although it is being billed as a professional league, Dungo also said he sees a three-year transition for the league to become a full-blown professional tournament.
“As of now, hindi natin kaya pa ng 100 percent professional league due to the availability of players,” said Dungo.