No Way but to Ease to Alert Level 2 on Nov. 15 or Businesses Will Suffer, Says Concepcion

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 1) — The government’s pandemic response task force should place Metro Manila under Alert Level 2 from Nov. 15 until the rest of the year in order to allow a better year for businesses still reeling from shutdowns, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said on Monday.

“I believe by Nov. 15, there is no way but to move towards Alert Level 2,” Concepcion told CNN Philippines’ The Source.

“The fourth quarter is when most MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises) really will recover whatever they lost,” he said.

Concepcion added: “This whole year we have had a number of lockdowns and long lockdowns as well. And the fourth quarter, about 40% of the year’s sales are in this quarter, it is the quarter when the Christmas season induces a lot of spending for Christmas gifts and greater mobility because people want to celebrate with their loved ones so they go out, go to restaurants, spas, salons, to look good.”

“Everybody wants a happy Christmas, especially from where we have gone through,” the Go Negosyo founder also said.

Concepcion said Metro Manila “deserves an Alert Level 2”, as well as other areas that have vaccinated more than 70% of their eligible local population.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said 86% of the National Capital Region’s population is already fully vaccinated.

He said that a transition to a lower alert level this month is “likely” due to the improving vaccination coverage in the region.

Concepcion said that if the Inter-Agency Tak Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases will not ease restrictions, businesses will have a hard time paying their dues and even the 13th month pay of their employers.

Kung hindi nila ibababa yan ng Nov. 15, masisira ang fourth quarter ng mga negosyante (If they won’t ease by Nov. 15, business owners will lose a lot during the fourth quarter),” he argued.

“Moving to the year 2022 would be quite challenging for many of them,” he added.

Concepcion called on local government units, particularly those in rural areas, to “work double time” in addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, since supply is already stabilizing.

Metro Manila is still under Alert Level 3 until Nov. 14, while the region is still under the moderate risk level in COVID-19 infections.

Source: https://cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/11/1/Alert-Level-2-November-15.html

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