ANNEX 1: SUBMITTED LIST OF RESOLUTIONS DURING THE 29th SOLABC

  1. For the Department of Tourism (DOT) to consider reverting, realigning, and utilizing a portion of the remaining budget of the DOT and its attached agencies as the initial funding source for working capital loans and financial subsidy for tourism related enterprises.

  2. For the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to provide an actual, objective, clear and quantifiable specification and/or description of the basis of the Commodity Price Lists corresponding to the ceiling price and that violators be aptly penalized.

  3. For the IATF consider the following to issue the following Guidelines with regard to operations of Business Establishments during the Covid-19 pandemic:

    1. Allow business establishments, except those establishments whose operation might induce mass gathering of people, shall be allowed full and/or limited operation following health and safety protocols.

    2. Grocery stores, supermarkets, drugstores and other establishments offering wholesale and retail of essential products (food and medicine) shall be allowed FULL OPERATION in order to cater to an expected influx of buyers provided health and safety protocols are properly implemented to employees and buyers like Physical Distancing, Wearing of facemasks, etc.

    3. Restaurants and other food establishments shall be open only for Take Out and Delivery services.

    4. Expand the membership of the IATF-EID, to include participation by the private sector groups in the planning and formulation of specific guidelines on how the community quarantines should be properly lifted in a manner that will not compromise the life and livelihood of the people.

  4. For the Department of Finance (DOF), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP), through the Phillippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), to adopt measures that will directly address the financial predicament of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) arising from the stifled trade and financial activities brought by COVID-19 pandemic.

    1. Banks and other Micro Financing Institutions (MFIs) to come up with loan windows to help MSMEs recover and restart operation using expedite processing (at most 2 weeks) and with low interest rates.

    2. Whenever possible, government should continue the wage subsidy program for existing companies.

    3. To issue a moratorium or an extension of loan/mortgage without additional interest and/or postponement of repossession of properties under mortgage with arrears on payment.

    4. Interest rates and loan moratoriums of MSMEs to be extended more than the 6-month period, providing business a recovery period before loans are subjected to be paid, to assume roles and contribute to ensure the well-being of MSMEs and economy’s growth.

    5. To lighten the assessments/requirements of business permits

 

  1. For the Department of Health (DOH) to consider the following recommendations:

    1. Adapt contact tracing of Baguio City as a best practice for all local government units nationwide.

    2. Make sure that PPEs and other medical supplies and equipment are available and distributed equally.

    3. Improve the salary and benefits of medical practitioners

 

  1. For the Department of Agriculture to consider the following recommendations:

    1. Refocus growth strategy on the domestic market and aim for food security, packaging and the implementation of the OTOP (one town one product).

    2. Provide agriculture and aquaculture sectors with must be provided input subsidies and access to research and development and technologies.  Emphasis must be made on providing a buffer zone, that is, an area where farmers can bring their harvests in good times and bad, to process them into long-life finished goods.  This will completely alleviate the waste in farm harvest due to shifts in demand and market access.

    3. Adopt a program for the replanting of coconut trees using tissue culture to raise the welfare of the three million coconut farmers and house hold due to the advent of high value processing and efficient farming technique.

 

  1. For the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to issue an order for provinces and municipalities to adopt or accredit a business organization like PCCI to represent to private sector in their locality including membership to the different local councils and committee where the representation of a public private sector organization is required.  This will require them to be present in all public hearings of the SB or SP or SL to be the voice of business and to do various activities and projects to promote harmonious relationship between LGU and the stakeholders.

 

  1. For the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to address the financial distress of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) by paying the HEIs and private establishments on what is due them in a timely manner.  The chamber added that This is to ensure that they are able to will be a big help to them in meeting their obligations to creditors, and paying the salaries of their staff members.  HEIs and other private establishments cannot use their existing contract with government as leverage to their creditors.

 

  1. For the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) to establish guidelines and set the defining period for the collection of payments arising from business-related government transactions and prevent undue delays.  of collection for any government transactions in any government offices.  The chamber cited that the private sector doing transactions with the government agencies experiences a long time waiting of collection from the government and it took years and months from date of submission of billing to the government agencies before the realization of its payment.

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