Businesses push for more operational capacity in last quarter of 2021
MANILA, Philippines — Businesses in Metro Manila are pushing to have increased operational capacity for their customers in the last quarter of 2021 for them to be able to recover their losses, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Secretary Joey Concepcion said Tuesday.
With the present allowed operational capacity, which is at 30%, businesses are still struggling to recover their income.
If they are allowed to amp up their operational capacity to at least 50%, they can at least be able to “pay their obligations,” said Concepcion.
“Ngayon nasa 30% capacity lang ang pwede i-open sa mga publiko na vaccinated. Kailangan tumaas ‘yan sa 50% kasi sa 30% halos wala kang kita diyan,” he said a public briefing.
(As of now, 30% capacity is allowed. This should be raised to 50% because 30% barely makes an income.)
“Sa 50%, you can earn some money pero hindi pa talaga ano ‘yan, but at least they would be able to have enough to pay for their obligations and hopefully carry them forward until 2022,” he added.
(With 50%, you can earn some money but not really but at least they would be able to have enough to pay for their obligations and hopefully carry them forward until 2022.)
Concepcion earlier said businesses are appealing to the government to place Metro Manila under the more relaxed alert level 3 in the last quarter of the year to allow establishments to accept more customers and help them recover from their losses.
Ultimately, businesses are hoping that the government would eventually ease Metro Manila to the least restrictive Alert Level Level 1 and be allowed to open 70% capacity.
In a briefing on Monday, Malacañang said there is a “high chance” that the government would downgrade the alert level over Metro Manila.