EVEN the Philippine Boxing Promoters and Managers Association (PBPMA) is lending a helping hand.
PBPMA president Dante Almario said boxing stakeholders and friends have come together to launch a fund-raising campaign for the benefit of professional boxers, trainers and matchmakers affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We are now in the process of a fund-raising campaign for the benefit of our oro boxers, trainers and matchmakers who are also most affected by nationwide lockdown imposed by our government," said Almario in his Facebook pist.
"Since we already have P56,650 as our initial fund, we are appealing to all boxing stakeholders and our friends to voluntarily donate any amount," added Almario, a well-known public servant-councilor in Muntinlupa.
He said cash donations can be deposited to Arlene Claudette Elorde, wife of Bebot Elorde, on Bank of Commerce saving account no. 097-20-005284-0.
The date, time and place of cash or relief distribution will be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Almario thanked the Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Abraham "Baham" Mitra, for taking the initiative to help the professional athletes in this trying time..
"Nais po naming ipaabot ang aming lubos na pasasalamat sa malasakit sa ating mga boxers/trainers/matchmakers," Almario wrote
"Simula po ng kayo ay manungkulan, napalaki ng ipinagbago ng pamamahala sa GAB."
Last April 1, Mitra wrote letters to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Sec. Rolando Joselito Bautista on behalf of the pro athletes.
Mitra said more than 1,000 professional athletes are directly affected by the “No Work, No Pay” policy.
Mitra and GAB commissioners Eduard Trinidad and Mar Masanguid said a total of 1,133 licenced boxers, trainers and seconds and MMA and muay thai fighters and trainers are “unable to exercise their profession due to the imposed community quarantine and are devoid of a source of income.”
“The P5,000-P8,000 social amelioration program will help them survive these hard times in our nation’s history,” said Mitra in his letter.
“This iniative is in accordance with the recently passed law, Republic Act No. 11479, or the Bayanihan To Heal as OneAct, which seeks to address the looming impact of the COVID-19 in the country."