MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has already submitted its recommendation on the reintroduction of outdoor physical activities and sports during the COVID-19 pandemic to the Department of Health (DOH).
The document, called "Filipino Fitness and Recreational Sport-reintroduction Tool" or Filipino FIRST, is a study made by the PSC’s Medical and Scientific Athlete Services sports science professionals, headed by Dr. Randy Molo.
"We know that sports and physical activities are still very important to strengthen one's immune system during this COVID-19 health crisis," said PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez.
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The Filipino FIRST framework aims to set parameters on how the reintroduction of sports activity will occur in a cautious and methodical manner, while also optimizing athlete and community safety.
The PSC recommendation gave conditions to be met on different community quarantine scenarios. No specific sports were mentioned.
This is in parallel to the statement made by Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, who previously said that the government is finding leeway to allow sports that observe physical distancing during the general community quarantine (GCQ).
"We are hopeful that the DOH and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) will consider the recommendations submitted to provide a guide for our citizenry who are eager to engage in outdoor activities again," said Ramirez.
"In the end we all need to follow the guidelines set by the IATF and the LGUs," he added.
Due to the global health crisis, the PSC has decided to call off all events managed by the agency, along with national sports competitions including the country's hosting of the 10th ASEAN Para Games, the Philippine National Games, Batang Pinoy, and the 2020 National Sports Summit.
This is in compliance with the IATF guidelines and as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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