NCAA lends a hand to COVID-19 frontliners

THE NCAA has recently donated P500,000 worth of personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Metro Manila hospitals.

"In our own little way, this is the NCAA's contribution in the fight against the pandemic," said Management Committee chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano University in a statement.

"This is part of the NCAA’s advocacy, and as the oldest collegiate tournament in the country, as an institution, we’re extending our help to our brave frontliners who are fighting COVID-19," he added.

The league had already ordered the PPEs, and Cayco assured that in two weeks it will be distributed in the hospitals.

"Each member school of the NCAA have done its part in the relief effort with donations of food and equipment for the frontliners, but this is the first time that as a whole – as one NCAA family – we’re giving our donation," said Cayco.

"We are one in hoping and praying that this will be over soon," he added.

Reigning men's basketball champion Letran along with its juniors counterparts and the Letran Cheerleading Squad and the Letran Cheerleading Team Alumni donated cash and goods for their fellow cheerleaders, athletes, guards and workers who were stranded inside the Muralla campus due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

Through Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo's Dominican Family for Justice & Peace's COVID-19 response project, the group gave hot meals for those affected communities in the past few weeks.

Jose Rizal University has provided frontliners from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and Mandaluyong Medical Center as temporary shelter inside the school campus.  Mandaluyong Medical Center has also received personal protective equipment from JRU.

College of Saint Benilde, during the early stage of the enhanced community quarantine, last month, opened its doors to the homeless people in the Manila area. The Taft-based school also welcomed 60 healthcare workers from the Philippine General Hospital.

Due to the public health crisis, NCAA Season 95 was terminated last month and there will be no general champions.  All the second semester champions, which were affected by the cancellation, will have to still defend their titles in Season 96.

With the COVID-19 crisis remain hanging in the balance, there are doubts that the August opening of Season 96 will take place, depending on when the government will open the classes for the new school year.

Letran is the incoming season host.