PCCI regional chapters organize COVID-19 initiatives for displaced workers, front-liners, marginalized communities
Responding to the challenges brought about the COVID-19 pandemic, PCCI’s local chambers all over country have initiated various initiatives to help their members cope with the challenges of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) implemented by the National and Local Governments. These include:
· Providing relevant and timely information specifically of the policies and guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and ensuring that their member enterprises adopted and implemented these guidelines;
· Helping establish Regional Testing Centers with enough test kits for mass testing and faster release of results and Community Quarantine Centers in every LGU to accommodate the growing number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs);
· Providing financial and in-kind assistance to their workers and the communities in which they operate;
· Initiating community programs to combat the spread of COVID 19;
· Organizing relief operations to the most affected communities;
· Donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-liners in the regions;
· Pulling up resources to provide assistance to the marginalized who are at most risk not just from infection but from hunger; and,
· Partnering with their local government units (LGUs) and local agencies to set-up rolling stores and bring food and other essential commodities to the communities.
The local chambers have also been working closely with the national and local governments, submitting recommendations to the IATF-EIF and the Local Government Units (LGUs) to provide relief to small business owners whose operations have been disrupted by the ECQ, and in preparing for post-COVID business recovery measures.
Additionally, PCCI-NCR under Area Director/Vice President Delia Jimenez conducted an impact assessment to determine the extent of damage of the COVID-19 among its members. The Chamber is now helping its members develop business continuity plans (BCP).
PCCI North Luzon under Area Director/Vice President Gregoria Simbulan continue to lobby for the release of cash assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) to employees of companies in North Luzon whose applications are until now, still pending with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Under South Luzon headed by Area Director/Vice President Clarine Palomares, Albay CCI partnered with local/private banks to extend financial packages to chamber members to pay for the salaries of their workers while Taytay CCI utilized the online platform to enable its members to still continue doing business.
PCCI Visayas CCI under Area Director/Vice President Sam Chioson has also been actively involved in community relief and development operations.
PCCI Mindanao under Area Director/Vice President Ghaye Alegrio, is helping its members develop BCPs and is in the process of conducting rapid impact assessment. Davao CCI has issued a statement requesting all banks and government financing institutions for a 60-day moratorium on all loan payments to enable business and individuals the necessary stimulus and relief to deal with the pandemic.