The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) backs the proposal of Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Secretary Joey Concepcion, for the government to impose restrictions for unvaccinated individuals and to give incentives to businesses and persons who have already vaccinated.
Concepcion made the proposal during his consultations with Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases chairperson and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairperson Benjamin Abalos Jr.
He urged the government to make bold moves to address the threat of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
FFCCCII president Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong threw his support behind Concepcion who also proposed granting incentives to businesses that target full vaccination of their employees such as increased operational capacity.
Another proposal is to give fully vaccinated individuals more mobility, ease of travel, and exempting them from mandatory tests.
FFCCCII has also undertaken the Philippines’ first private sector import and rollout of vaccines, with 500,000 Sinovac vaccine doses.
The FFCCCII vaccination project from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao is now on-going for entrepreneurs, employees and workers nationwide. Target completion of this vaccination is end of August.
“At zero cost to government, this civic project of FFCCCII to vaccinate economic frontliners is undertaken to help lessen the burden of government and this is our philanthropic contribution to the national goal of inoculating 70 million Filipinos or 100 percent of the country’s adult population by the end of the year. Let us support the mass vaccination program for faster public health, consumer confidence and economic recovery of the Philippines this year,” Lim said.
Concepcion said the government could consider exerting more pressure on those who refuse to take the life-saving Covid-19 shots.
He told Duque that it may be worth considering the recent policy enforced in France to prevent rising Covid-19 cases by lessening the mobility of the unvaccinated population by restricting them from entering certain establishments, eating out, or moving around the country.
Concepcion opposed another lockdown, saying the country can no longer afford a severe setback to the country’s economy, especially in the fourth quarter which is typically the strongest quarter for the private sector