Along with intensified vaccine information campaigns, groups representing retailers, information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) firms as well as hotels and restaurants are reiterating their call to shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) as soon as possible for a quicker economic recovery.
Various groups advocated to place the Philippines into the most lenient quarantine level and allow more people to have a source of livelihood, as they spoke at the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP)’s webinar.
“We want the economy, not only hotel and restaurant industry, to open up, but all types of businesses to open up because the more people have jobs, the more the economy opens, the more people would take tourism. You need money of course and resources to visit these destinations,” Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines (HRAP) president Eugene Yap said.
“Definitely, the only way forward is really for us to reopen our economy. We are least performing among our neighboring countries. This is a worldwide phenomenon, even big economies (are affected). But what we are seeing here is we are too restrictive with our lockdowns,” Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) president Rosemarie Ong said.
“There is a high level of consciousness among our people already in terms of the safety protocols, health protocols that need to be done and we can continue doing all of that in an MGCQ, in a more relaxed level. But the other benefits of a more relaxed level will help in reviving and reopening the economy. I am supportive of moving to a more relaxed level of quarantine,” Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) chairperson Lito Tayag said.