TO: All PCCI Members                                                         MEMORANDUM

FROM: Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico, President                     17 March 2020

Advisory on Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte yesterday issued a new executive order placing the entire Luzon under Enhanced Community Quarantine effective March 17, 2020 until April 1s, 2020.  
 
Enhanced Community Quarantine means that "all households must be in home quarantine, transportation is suspended, provision for food and health services are regulated and the heightened presence of uniform personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented." These measures are being done primarily to contain if not totally stop the spread of COVID19 in the country. 
 
As business sector, we are encouraged to cooperate and follow the measures being implemented by our government to ensure that contamination and infection from person to person will be contained.
 
Under the new order, government has adopted the following measures:
 
1. Curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for non-essential personnel on the streets will be strictly enforced.  Exempted are healthcare workers, peace and order officers, workers from the night shift of the processing zones with valid IDs, and LGU officers.

2. Malls are ordered closed for the duration of the Executive Order

3. Restaurants can only accept take-home and delivery services.  Dine in is strictly prohibited.

4. Banks, groceries, supermarkets, pharmacies, pawn shops, hardware, and wet markets will remain open.

5. Fiestas, karakols, parades, and other related public assemblies are cancelled.

6. Common religious congregations are strongly discouraged.

7. Gaming parlours, computer gaming shops, wellness Centers, cockpits arenas, will be closed.

8. Students on OJT are no longer required to report.

9. Needless loitering in the streets at any time of the day will be denied.

10. Public playgrounds, basketball courts, beaches, and public parks will be closed.

11. Public utility offices, Bayad centers, and related financial services will remain open. And,

12. ‘Tianges’, open dry good markets, side walk vending, will be closed.


Meanwhile, the government has rolled out a P27.1 billion package facility to help frontliners fight the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID 19) pandemic and provide economic relief to those whose businesses and livelihoods have been affected by the spread of this disease.

This fiscal support package crafted by President Duterte's economic team includes:

 

  • The mobilization of an additional P3.1 billion to contribute directly to efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, including the acquisition of test kits. The funds came from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

 

  • P2.0 billion representing the initial budget set aside by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for social protection programs for vulnerable workers, to be used for wage subsidy/financial support to COVID affected establishments and workers.

 

  • Mobilization of an existing P1.2 billion in the Social Security System (SSS) to cover unemployment benefits for dislocated workers.

 

  • The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)'s Scholarship Programs amounting to P3 billion will support affected and temporarily displaced workers through upskilling and reskilling. It is also offering free courses for all who would like to acquire new skills in the convenience of their own homes, mobile phones and computers through the TESDA Online Program.

 

  • Various programs and projects of the Department of Tourism (DOT) amounting to P14 billion from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) to support the tourism industry.

 

  • P2.8 billion for the Survival and Recovery (SURE) Aid Program of the Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Credit Policy Council (DA-ACPC), which provides loans of up to P25,000 each at zero interest for smallholder farmers and fisherfolk affected by calamity and disasters. This initiative includes a one-year moratorium without interest on payments of outstanding loan obligations of small farmers and fisherfolk (SFF) borrowers under the ACPC Credit Program amounting to P2.03 billion.  And,

 

  • P1 billion allotted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for its Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso (P3) Microfinancing special loan package of the Small Business Corp. (SBC) for affected micro entrepreneurs/micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).  Also included is the DTI’s ongoing assistance in finding new supply sources and non-traditional markets for industries affected by supply chain disruptions and the conduct of trade and investment missions to support the continued operation of industry.


Additional support mechanisms identified by the Economic Development Cluster include the following:
 

  • Loan program of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) intended for affected government employees and retirees.

 

  • Mobilization of funds from government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs) to assist airlines and the rest of the tourism industry.

 

  • Programs of the largest government banks to help address the impact of the health emergency, such as the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)'s Rehabilitation Support Program on Severe Events (RESPONSE), which provides public and private institutions in areas declared under a state of calamity with low-interest loans under a simplified application procedure; and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK)' offer of restructured loan amortizations by giving longer tenor and grace periods, with the option of a fixed interest rate under the LANDBANK Calamity Rehabilitation Support (LBP CARES). And,

 

  • Grant of temporary and rediscounting relief measures for financial institutions, as approved by the Monetary Board (MB). Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno earlier said that, “the MB is ready to deploy any or all its policy tools, as appropriate, to address all challenges to our own financial markets and growth prospects.”

We also take this opportunity to get your inputs on how the needs of MSMEs can be supported in these trying times.
 
The National Resilience Core Group for MSME Disaster Resilience (RCG), a public-private collaboration that promotes awareness on business continuity and disaster risk reduction among MSME, is discussing how the ongoing pandemic and the corresponding "enhanced community quarantine" guidelines are affecting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) around the country.  We want to solicit your valuable inputs regarding this matter and to initially determine how the National and Regional resilience core groups, and other industry enablers can help support the needs of MSMEs during these trying times.
 
The RCG is co-chaired by the Department of the Trade and Industry and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is joined by the Office of Civil Defense, the Department of Science and Technology, Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc., and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation.
 
To contribute, follow the link: https://forms.gle/6erSLQ6Ep99dgeW59
 
Thank you.


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