Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez was bold enough to appeal to the medical community to relent and agree to the further relaxation of quarantine protocols, saying it could spell life and death for the poor and hungry.
Six months into the local outbreak, Lopez said there are still a lot of businesses which remain closed or are on limited operations since sales are low and profits are scarce.
While he noted that more establishments have reopened, it’s still a major struggle for employees.
“Based on the survey of 3,000 respondents… nababawasan ‘yung nagko-close as many are either reopening. Pero 6% is a big number – that should be zero,” Lopez told the Senate on Monday as he appealed for the full restoration of economic activities as soon as possible.
“I understand it is not a popular appeal, especially to the health workers, but what we are trying to guarantee is if we keep the enforcement still strict and minimum health standards are in place, I believe we can safely reopen,” he added.
Both unemployment and hunger statistics are seen soaring this year, to the detriment of poor and struggling families.