PBA, DFA in partnership.
No less than 500 passport applicants, including former players and their families, trooped to the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City Monday to avail of the "Passport on Wheels" project of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in coordination with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
Former Alaska Milk star forward Bong Hawkins came with his two kids. Claudine Pardo-Abaca, daughter of Magnolia Pambansang Manok governor Rene Pardo, and a number of sportswriters with their families were among the early birds.
In the afternoon, among those seen were Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia, Meralco assistant coach Luigi Trillo and former player Nic Belasco.
"It warms the heart nakatulong tayo kahit papaano. Malaking ginhawa ito sa mga fans na 'di na sila mahihirapan magpa-schedule sa pagkuha ng passport," said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
"Kahit papaano, siguro nakatulong din tayo na makabawas ng volume sa DFA. Pipilitin natin na masundan ito."
Up next in the PBA's outreach program is a blood-letting session at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on July 7. The league will conduct the program before a special double-header pitting TNT KaTropa against Rain or Shine, and San Miguel Beer against Magnolia.