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Chinoy businessmen back ‘bold moves’ to control Delta variant spread

Filipino commuters observe protocols — face mask and face shield in this BusinessMirror file photo. Fears that the Delta variant may fuel the spread of Covid-19 rose as the Philippine Genome Center more Delta variant cases.

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) has expressed its support to the proposal of a presidential adviser to consider imposing restrictions to individuals who are yet to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma. “Joey” Concepcion III also recommended “incentives” to persons and businesses who have already been vaccinated.

These proposals aim to counter the spread of the contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Philippines, and Concepcion said the government should consider applying “bold moves,” such as restricting the unvaccinated population from entering and eating at certain establishments or moving around the country.

The other proposals, which FFCCCII also supported, include granting incentives to businesses that target the full vaccination of their employees.

“Fully vaccinated individuals can also be given incentives such as more mobility, ease of travel, and exempting them from mandatory tests.”

FFCCCII has also undertaken the Philippines’s first private sector import and roll-out of vaccines, with half a million Sinovac vaccine doses.

The group’s vaccination project from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao is now on going for economic frontliners comprising entrepreneurs, employees and workers nationwide.

Target completion of this vaccination is end of August.

Federation President Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong said: “At zero cost to government, this civic project to vaccinate economic frontliners is undertaken to help lessen the burden of government, which is our 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 added.

FFCCCII is the nationwide business and civic federation of over 170 Filipino Chinese chambers of commerce, diverse trade and industry associations from Aparri to Tawi-Tawi. The FFCCCII members are Filipino Chinese entrepreneurs, majority of whom are Philippine-born and Filipino citizens, including civic-minded new immigrant entrepreneurs.

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  1. Good incentive to those who are vaccinated. We want to move around, resume business, promote
    employment to help our flagging economy to recover in our own modest way. However, the basic health protocols should still be observed. Government should now have a standard vaccine pass preferably digital or a vaccine ID to those who don’t have smartphones.
    Vaccinated persons can move from one bubble to another without testing and quarantine as long as the facility to be visited also has the entire staff vaccinated or at least 80%. The same restrictions may be applied to indoor
    establishments such as malls, and other public places.
    Special consideration should be given to those who in some unfortunate circumstance, cannot be given vaccines due to contraindications or are unable to complete the dose after experiencing severe adverse reactions. They should not be discriminated or scorned upon.

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