Reopen economy safely, boost employment — Nograles

Published December 23, 2020, 2:26 PM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government is working overtime to safely reopen the economy in order for the country’s citizens to return to work, raise consumer confidence and boost economic activity.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

In an interview, Nograles assured the public that the government would exert all efforts to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are strictly enforced as it balances the need to reopen the economy while keeping everyone safe from the disease.

“We have to find a way to get our countrymen back to work so they can feed and provide for their families and loved ones,” he said.

“That is why in Phase 3 of the National Action Plan we want to strike a proper balance between the health and livelihood concerns of our people,” he added.

Nograles, who co-chairs the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, likewise said that it was vital to improve consumer confidence to spur economic activity in the country.

“It is important to bring back consumer confidence in order to bring back economic activity in the country because our countrymen will be able to help reinvigorate the economy,” he said.

“What the government has to do is to ensure the safety of our kababayan when they go out to either work or to purchase goods and services; this is why we continue to reiterate the need to enforce and to follow safety protocols,” he added.

The Palace official reminded the public to follow government guidelines regarding the use of face masks and face shields. He also urged them to use the StaySafePH contact tracing system.

“Since we are slowly opening our economy and our kababayan are starting to go back to work and find livelihood, we have to make sure that they are all safe,” Nograles said.

“We also have to promote digital technology like e-commerce, online transactions, and cashless transactions to help stimulate economic activity,” he added.