The PBA Board of Governors again convenes in a meeting Thursday to tackle proposals for a noble outreach program and to raise the league’s salary cap. In all likelihood, both proposals would be approved.
The PBA is likely to adopt Coca-Cola’s feeding program aimed at helping curb the problem of anemia in Filipino children. Board vice chairman JB Baylon is pushing for this, saying he wants the league to be known for its outreach programs. PBA commissioner Chito Salud, meanwhile, wants to address the long existing salary cap that he feels is no longer applicable at the present time. Board chairman Mamerto Mondragon said they’re now taking a different stand, realizing the need to support the pay hike. “It’s been the cap in the last 10 years. It’s time to review it for it to be effective,” said Salud. Salud is proposing a 20 percent increase from the current maximum allowable monthly pay of P350,000. Mondragon said he would support the proposal and, at the same time, would appeal to all ball clubs to comply strictly with the regulation. The Rain or Shine executive, like many others, believes there are certain teams breaching the rules to form a lineup a lot more formidable than the others. “It’s hard to point which teams but it just can’t be denied. It has become an accepted practice,” rued Mondragon. “At first, we’re against increasing the P350,000 maximum. But we’re supportive of the plan now. Let’s do it so we rid the PBA of bad perception,” Mondragon also said. The Board chair said he would make his own proposal to regulate bonus schemes. “Yes, we give away won-game bonuses in our team. But then we hear of giant bonuses of others. It’s becoming an irritation. So again, it’s not fair,” Mondragon said. (SB)