Flour millers call for reopening of SMEs

Published April 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Bernie Cahiles- Magkilat

Flour millers urged government to allow the reopening of small and medium enterprises even as they vowed to support whatever decision the government will come up with whether extend, lift or modify the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

In a statement, the Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) said that small and medium enterprises are the most severely affected sector by the ECQ as they have been forced to stop operations and lay-off employees.

“PAFMIL proposes the reopening of these businesses especially those in food processing and trading to ensure the availability of basic food items in the supply chain,” said PAFMIL.

It further said it would also be advantageous for government relief agencies and local government units to procure relief goods from theses SMEs as these could be purchased at factory costs, thereby saving the government a considerable amount while allowing the SMEs to operate and provide gainful employment to currently laid-off workers.

PAFMIL has urged for a more systematic program to deliver food aid to the needy, and those who lost their income-earning opportunities be implemented as this appears to be requiring better outreach and effectiveness. “The cries of the hungry are too loud to ignore and the only way to alleviate hunger is to provide food or the means to acquire these items,” the flour millers said.