By Warren Elijah E. Valdez
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte said that the relief assistance being provided by the private sector to their employees amid the implementation of the community quarantine was a huge help in the city government’s effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In an interview with the Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday, Duterte said there were already some companies providing necessary assistance to their employees with the city already under community quarantine.
“So these efforts done by our private sectors employers is really a big help to our relief goods (operations) because they will no longer have to ask for rations,” she said.
“If you can take care of the food provisions of the workers until April 30, let us make sure, it does not matter if we do not have the money, let us just make sure that nobody will be hungry in be affected sectors in the city,” she stressed.
On Tuesday, the city mayor released a statement, appealing to the private sector employers to provide food assistance to their employees as the city continued to implement stricter measures to prepare for implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Duterte also asked companies, which will be allowed to operate even under ECQ, to provide the transportation of their employees to and from work.
“We have asked them to help by providing a free transportation for their employees,” she said, adding that this can help lessen the number of people who will have to take the free bus ride given by the city government.
“So we can accommodate more on our buses,” she added.
Duterte said that it was also suggested that private employers rent public utility jeepneys (PUJs) to ferry their employees to work.
She said this was also one way of helping the jeepney drivers to earn a living while on ECQ.
“They will hire the jeepney and the jeepney driver to ferry their employees. In this way, it will help declog the free city buses. And of course, they will also help the jeepney drivers. We have suggested it to them. That is not a law, (but) we are suggesting to employers on how they can help, so we can cover everything,” Duterte said.