BIGGER CHALLENGE: If economy slows down, ECQ won’t be sustainable – guv

By on September 25, 2020

first_img* creation of COVID testing teams in district hospitals to augment the testing capacity of rural health units ILOILO – Hoping to make an economic rebound while containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.’s Executive Order (EO) No. 110 enforcing an extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) allows the reopening of establishments and industries concerning agriculture, among others. Meanwhile, the additional COVID-19 measures he ordered included the following: * gas stations; liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stores/outlets The ECQ has been extended up to May 15, unless stretched further. “This is a drastic short-term measure that is necessarily limited by its impact on the economy…(A)djustments…have to be made so that it does not cause other humanitarian crises owing to economic downturn,” stressed Defensor. He described as a “bigger challenge” the recovery of the local economy “while implementing effective ECQ measures.” * establishment of common municipal quarantine facilities to handle asymptomatic COVID-19-positive patients as well as persons under monitoring/PN * those into manufacturing / processing of basic food products Defensor also stressed that local government units “must maintain full operational personnel in frontline or critical services such as health, waste management, disaster risk reduction and management, provided that the applicable advisories and guidelines of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry shall be followed.” The following are allowed to resume their operation: * business and knowledge process outsourcing * municipal public markets, provided that, while the same shall be open on a daily basis, scheduled market days shall be suspended; provided further that only such number of barangays, as may be determined by the municipal mayor, shall have access to the public market on a given day; One such measure is social distancing. He said it should be observed in establishments and businesses allowed to operate to avoid the further transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. * auto supplies * establishments providing essential health / medical / hygiene products, such as medicines and vitamins; soap, detergents, shampoo and disinfectants; diapers, feminine hygiene products and tissue/toilet papers; personal protective equipment (PPE), facemasks, face shields, gloves and goggles;   * agricultural supply stores * designation of district hospitals to accommodate persons under investigation with mild symptoms * water refilling stations WHO’S RESUMING OPERATION? * veterinary clinicscenter_img * those into manufacturing / processing of essential health medical and hygiene products So what are the establishments, industries and livelihood allowed to resume? Defensor’s EO No. 110 listed several – more than those that were allowed during the initial ECQ last month. Restrictions on the travel of persons as well public transportation, however, are being maintained. Only those with quarantine passes are allowed to go out of their homes. * logistics service providers / common carriers engaged in cargo handling, warehousing, freight hauling / forwarding * those providing services for health needs such as hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers and laboratories * public utilities (power, energy, water, telecommunications, information technology and waste management) He, however, stressed: “In all these, there must be a rationalization of personnel and work hours and/or implementation of work-from-home arrangements.” * other essential services such as postal service; repair and installation of machinery and equipment essential to the allowed establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; repair of information technology equipment and other essential household appliances; commercial buildings and landscape maintenance services; essential manpower services; security services; leasing and rental of machineries and equipment; accommodation used as quarantine facilities for overseas Filipino workers / repatriates; , as well as temporary accommodation for the allowed essential establishments, industries and livelihood sectors; laundry services; funeral services * restaurants, fast food chains and food stalls, provided that sale of food shall only be on “take-out” basis * media * agriculture and fisheries * companies / firms engaged in the manufacturing/processing of export products * financial service providers such as banks, stock markets, credit facilities, pawnshops, money transfer services; payment and remittance centers * hardware stores * supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, sari-sari stores and bakeshops * mandatory testing “If the economy is not functioning, the ECQ won’t be sustainable and it will not be effective,” explained Defensor. * mining and quarrying * delivery services, whether e-commerce platform, in-house or out sourced, for non-essential productslast_img read more

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