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Family bonding means spending: Mon Lopez justifies decision to allow kids aged 10 or older to go out

Children aged 10 years and older may hold the key to boosting the economy amid anemic spending due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That’s the view held by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, who justified the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) to allow children aged 10 years and older to go out of their homes in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

At a briefing in Malacañang Monday (January 25), Lopez said adults are encouraged to spend more when they’re with minors, such as their own children.

“Ang expenditure, lalo na sa mga commercial areas –– kapag accounted po ang family expenditure, kapag pamilya po ang lumalabas, they account for about 30% to 50% of the sales ng mga let’s say restaurants o iyong mga ibang tindahan,” he said.

Lopez also explained why children are now allowed to go out for shopping or leisure while schools remain shut.

“Ang pagpili nito base talaga sa intensity noong interaction ng mga kabataan. Imagine-in po natin iyong intensity ng interaction kapag nasa eskuwelahan iyong bata, tabi-tabi ang mga mag-aaral, ang mga estudyante, constant interaction, mas hindi po natin mabantayan,” he said.

Lopez said “family bonding” will encourage consumer spending and help prop up businesses.

“Ni-require po natin na kasama iyong magulang nila at sila iyong lalabas na hindi masyadong intense ang activity – either kakain lamang or mamimili nang kaunti tapos uuwi na rin iyan eh. Ang importante, magkakasama iyong buong pamilya at nagpapalakas pa sila ng ekonomiya,” he said.

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