COVID-19 control measures won’t disrupt local economy – Davao City businessmen

Published March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Antonio Colina IV 

DAVAO CITY – Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) President John Carlo B. Tria said the business would continue to operate to avoid disrupting the local economy but he advised establishments to strictly adhere to the protocols such as “social distancing and hygiene procedures” among their workers to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

DCCCII President John Carlo B. Tria (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
DCCCII President John Carlo B. Tria (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The earlier we control the pandemic, the faster we will be able to resume normal operations,” Tria said.

Tria urged businesses to prepare flexible work and work from home plans to reduce the number of office staff.

He said establishments will remain open, but he encouraged business owners to make use of electronic commerce (e-commerce) to sell, trade and make payments and fund transfers to avoid COVID-19 transmission, and to hold online meetings for safer transactions and discussions.

“This does not make it only simple but also protects your staff from possibly contaminated cash,” he said.

Owners of public transportation and cargo delivery companies were also advised to “observe precautions and instruct clients to do the unloading to prevent exposure to their drivers and delivery personnel, who we suggest must remain in the vehicle to prevent transmission”.

The restaurants and food establishments have been encouraged to “adhere to food safety standards and procedures” implemented by the local government, including sterilizing utensils for use and wearing of masks.

“The city is prescribing all citizens to bring their own utensils and plates. Upon consultation with infectious disease specialist, the provision of buffet setups should likewise highly discouraged,” he added.

Mayor Sara Duterte, in an interview aired at the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) 87.5, said that the local government should come out with an “economic plan” to assess the effect of the COVID-19 to the local economy of Davao City.

The mayor said she has requested 2nd District Councilors Danilo C. Dayanghirang and Diosdado Angelo R. Mahipus Jr. to discuss with Local Finance Committee, comprising City Budget Office, City Accountant’s Office, and City Treasurers Office, and Davao City Chamber of Commerce to discuss the impact of the various businesses and establishments amid the threat of COVID-19 in the country.

She said among the things that will be taken up are the measures that need to be implemented how the city can absorb the COVID-19 and come up with an economic plan for the businessmen.

Duterte placed the entire Davao City under “community quarantine” on Sunday amid the growing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country.