WITH the government ramping up its vaccination program and the declining rate of Covid-19 infection, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd is hopeful that more sectors will be allowed to resume operations to help businesses recoup their losses and continue their operations next year.
Concepcion said that businesses want the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to allow establishments to increase their operating capacity up to 50 to 70 percent.
"Because at 30 percent [capacity], you hardly have any income there. Now, at 50 percent, you can earn some money but not that much but at least they will be able to have enough to pay their obligations and hopefully carry them forward until 2022," he said during the Laging Handa public briefing on Tuesday.
He also urged the IATF to consider downgrading the alert level in the National Capital Region from 4 to 3 or 2.
Concepcion pointed out that the last quarter of the year will be crucial for businesses as this will determine whether or not they will remain operational by the new year.
"Talagang kailangan natin kasi kung tatawid tayo sa 2022 at lubog ang mga negosyante kasi sarado ang negosyo nila, paano sila makakabangon? Mahihirapan din sila (We really need to because if we cross over to 2022 and entrepreneurs are at a loss because their businesses are closed, how can they recover? They, too, will have a hard time)," he said.
"Pati iyong government natin — iyong national government, local government units — kailangan din may cash flow sila (The national government and local government units, they also need the cash flow)," he added.
Concepcion again batted for the reopening of cinemas.
"We have been using cinemas for the vaccination of our employees. So, if we're already using cinemas for vaccination for our employees — and it is mostly done in all cinemas — [then] these are safe. We will not use that cinema if it's not safe," he said.