Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said she was a bit disappointed because their plans to provide businesses with tax perks and incentives are being affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Sa totoo lang po noong bandang Disyembre at Enero ay bumabalik na sana ang sigla ng negosyo sa amin kaya lang bigla naman nagkaroo ng surge sa (COVID-19) cases kaya marami na naman ang nahinto ang operasyo, “ ( Last December to January, business operation has already back to its glory, however because of the surge of COVID-19 cases most businesses has stopped their operations), Rubiano said.
The mayor said she has allowed the opening of some hotels in the city to serve as quarantine facilities in order to help their employees.
“Kaya hinayaan ko mag-open ang mga hotel at magamit na quarantine facilities para matulungan ang mga empleyado at negosyo kaysa naman nakasara totally,” (I allowed hotels to resume operations to serve as quarantine facilities in order to help their employees and their business instead of keeping them totally closed), the mayor said.
Despite the low tax collection of the city government, Rubiano said the city government has standby funds to help the residents who were affected by the granular lockdowns.