By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
Businessmen prefer a sectoral lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) taking into con-sideration those with least affected to gradually restart the economy after, which went on temporary halt following the lockdown due to the COVID-19.
Francis Chua, chairman of International Chamber of Commerce and Silk Road International Chamber of Commerce, said however that any partial lifting of the ECQ must be done under the guidance of the World Health Organization.
According to Chua, the sectors that may be included in the partial lifting of the ECQ would be manufacturing operations that are least affected by the pandemic.
“Perhaps some manufacturing operations because we need producers to go back to their routine. So we could hit the ground running by June,” he said.
“Little by little we could release some sectors from the ECQ especially those vital industries.”
He said that given the global impact of COVID-19, Chua said the Philippine economy maybe able to get back to recover in the second half of the year yet. “If there will be no more lockdowns, I hope we can bounce back in June. That would be the most realistic,” he said.
Meantime, Chua personally contributed as chairman of ICC and Silk Road 5,000 testing kits for Davao. These have been pre approved by FDA. Also his group has coordinated some 10,000 personal protective equipment thru the courtesy and support of Chinese Ambassador Huang.
Silk Road Chamber will also bring in this Sundays 10,000 PPE to be distributed to hospitals. In addition, Silk Road has donated 100,000 face mask as part of its commitment to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez.