Business urges all to complement government efforts vs COVID-19

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

Some 26 business groups yesterday called on all Filipinos to complement government efforts, especially the health workers, in the challenging fight against the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“We strongly urge our members and the public to fully cooperate with the government and our health workers in ensuring early detection and prompt medical response. We are determined to ensure that the health and welfare of our employees, customers, clients and stakeholders is not adversely affected or compromised,” the groups said in a joint statement.

The business groups believe that the whole-of government mobilization complemented by a whole-of-society approach are critical factors in mitigating the impact of the current state of public health emergency on the country’s hard-earned gains in achieving sustained and inclusive growth.

“With focused attention and unified efforts, we believe that the resiliency and determination of our nation in overcoming the threats posed by COVID-19 will prevail,” the statement added.

The undersigned organizations express full support to our dedicated public and private sector health workers and first-responders who serve at the frontlines of the battle against the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic.

In particular, the business community paid tribute to the dutiful men and women who work tirelessly in selfless anonymity to keep us safe, protected and informed, even as they risk their lives and the welfare of their families.

“With the ramping up of the country’s alert status to Code Red sub-level 1, emergency proclamation and stepped-up mobilization of government resources, we trust that their response capability and protection from inherent health hazards has been augmented substantially, thereby enabling them to carry on with renewed vigor and enthusiasm,” the business groups said.

The business groups acknowledged the round-the-clock vigilance of the Department of Health and are banking on sustained stringent implementation of enhanced surveillance, prevention and containment protocols.

“We trust that the valuable lessons learned from previous epidemic episodes — SARS, H1N1, and MERS CoV — will be applied and supported by the mobilization of the entire government machinery, at both national and local government levels,” the statement added.

Signatories to the statement of support include:

Anvil Business Club, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines, Connected Women, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Employers Confederation of the Philippines, Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc.,
Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Guild of Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Professionals Inc.,Institute of Corporate Directors, Institute of Solidarity in Asia, IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines Inc., Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, Organization of Socialized and Economic Housing Developers of the Philippines Inc., Philippine Association of Multinational
Companies Regional Headquarters Inc., Philippine Ecozones Association, Rotary Club of Makati, Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc., Shareholders Association of the Philippines, Subsivision and Housing Developers Association, and UP School of Economics Alumni Association.