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PH urged to prepare for economic ‘new normal’

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Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo head, Joey Concepcion recently stated that as the country’s Covid19 vaccination efforts continue, both the government and private sectors must take preemptive measures to prepare for the “new normal” that should kick off an economic revival.


Concepcion mentioned several steps to take that would allow businesses and tourism in the country to get back on their feet after more than a year of crippling restrictions.


Providing individuals that have been fully vaccinated with proper vaccine passes, though the current Bakuna card given by local government units (LGUs) would suffice in the meantime, would not only incentivize and encourage people to get their jabs but also allow establishments to identify those that can participate in activities unsafe for those that are yet to be vaccinated.


This segregation between the inoculated and the yet-to-be, though seemingly harsh at face value, would prevent the virus from spreading to unvaccinated populations, possibly leading to another surge in Covid19 infections.


Following this, restaurants and other closed space businesses would be able to resume operation and increase customer capacity levels while reducing the risk of viral spread.


Recently, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) allowed senior citizens that have been fully inoculated to travel within their respective areas and others under general community quarantine (GCQ), while maintaining public health safety protocols.


Meanwhile, the current protocols of requiring a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) Covid19 test along with seven days of quarantine must no longer be mandated for individuals that have been fully vaccinated.


However, while Concepcion is in favor of removing the two rules for domestic tourism, he added that foreign tourists, apart from being fully vaccinated, must come from countries with at least 50% of their population jabbed and be willing to take an RT-PCR test upon arrival here.


By removing the more cumbersome need for a week-long quarantine, both foreign and domestic travelers would be more inclined to once again explore the country, safely granting the tourism sector a much-needed boost.


“We have been meeting with OCTA Research and Dr. Edsel Salvana who is one of the advisers of DOH (Department of Health) to align with our strategies and proposals by giving vaccinated people more mobility and access,” Concepcion assured.

Photo: Rappler


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