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More shops seen to open in May

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Thirteen percent of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are still closed during the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the NCR (National Capital Region) Plus area.


According to the Department of Trade and Industry, the figure has eased from 15 percent of MSMEs that closed their operations when the Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were placed under ECQ.


However, this is far from the numbers when Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) and less stringent community quarantine measures for the four other provinces, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.


MSMEs that were not operating then were only at 4 percent, the DTI survey said.


Lopez is hoping to bring back the NCR Plus to GCQ status the soonest time possible, which is during the start of May.


“But there’s an ‘if’; if we really ramp up the ICU (intensive care unit) beds, the health care system… If we are able to commit that before the end of (April), it’s possible that we move to GCQ and have a granular lockdown,” he said.


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