Economy opens up slowly, surely

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By: Daily Tribune

Concerned agencies on Monday announced it is urging businesses to create multiple and staggered work shifts in a bid to reopen the economy safely as curfew hours eased in Metro Manila.

In a statement, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said that the move will spread the volume of people reporting for work on a given day and enable easier compliance to physical distancing.

Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III, on the other hand, said that it will bring back more jobs in a safe manner, and the easing of curfews will generate additional economic activities in the evening that will improve the income of workers.

Earlier, the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) said Tuesday its members would follow minimum health protocols and strictly enforce physical distancing during mall-wide sales.

Government last week allowed sales in malls ahead of the holidays even as the country continued to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re timing this. We’ve been allowed to hold mall-wide sales, we want to ensure the safety of our shoppers and we are coordinating with government agencies and local government units (LGU),” PRA president Rosemarie Ong said in a previous statement.

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