Inanyayahan ng gobyerno ang Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) upang maging resource person ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) matapos umapela ang grupo na maging bahagi sila sa paggawa ng polisiya upang maisalba ang ekonomiya sa panahon ng pandemya.
Kamakailan, naglabas ng saloobin si PCCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico sa gobyerno upang maisali sa konsultasyon ang pribadong sektor bago magsagawa at magpatupad ng mga bagong polisiyang ginawa ng gobyerno upang tuluyang makontrol ang pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa trabaho.
Paliwanag niya, “We are appealing for the inclusion of the private sector in the IATF. The IATF will be able to use the on-the-ground experience of the business sector to come up with a holistic approach that will make it easier for businesses to resume operation and for workers to return to work.”
Base umano sa diskusyon niya kasama ang mga miyembro ng PCCI local chambers, may mga natukoy sila na impractical standards at inconsistent policies at regulations na ipinatutupad ng mga lokal na pamahalaan bukod pa sa mga itinakdang polisiya ng IATF.
“For instance, mandating the use of face shields for workers, the observance of two-meter physical distancing, and the designation of an isolation area of one room for every 200 employees, is simply not realistic in a production-line setting,” pagdedetalye ni Yujuico.
Malaki umano ang magiging epekto sa ekonomiya ng bansa kung hindi maibabalik sa dati ang operational capacity ng mga negosyo.
“We acknowledge the hard work the Inter-Agency Task Force is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We understand the precarious situation of our medical workers and front-liners. But we also need to stress that the longer our economy stays in its current state where businesses cannot function 100 percent, nor even up to 75 percent, the more protracted the recession that will follow and more people will be permanently out of jobs,” pahayag ng pinuno ng PCCI.
Ayon naman sa Palasyo, bukas sila na tanggapin ang kahilingan ng pribadong sektor upang mapaigting at maisaayos ang paggawa ng work protocols para sa new normal.
Sa isinagawang virtual briefing kamakailan, nilinaw ni Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque na maaari nang magpadala ng representatives ang PCCI upang makalahok sa IATF meetings.
“The IATF welcomes any group, organization, or individual outside the members of the IATF, to join the discussion of any of its meetings. Officials of the PCCI can, therefore, serve as resource persons on matters related to trade, business and the economy,” pahayag ni Sec. Roque.
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