Eric Teng, president of the 250 restaurateur-or-so strong Resto PH group, said in an interview that minimum wage earners are hurting most due to the long lockdowns. In line with this, the organization is strongly urging the national government to “trust the vaccinated” in order to reopen the economy some more.
“A paycheck is as necessary a lifeline as oxygen is to the sick person. That’s not something that’s negotiable,” Teng said. “I would not want to presume I know what it’s like for a person who is very desperate for the basic necessities. They are not getting what they need at home whenever a lockdown is declared.”
Asked exactly how many people collectively report to the restaurateurs of the organization, Teng fell back on data from 2019. Citing the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), he pointed out that over 2 million people were employed in the restaurant business. That number has likely fluctuated, especially with the number of businesses that were forced to close by the pandemic.
“If the government wants to trust the vaccine, the government must trust the vaccinated. There is no other way out of it. Trust the vaccinated and that’s it,” Teng expounded.
Resto PH isn’t alone in wanting the economy to get back up and running, though on a different scale. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry had recently called for the economy to reopen in full. They also called for the current lockdowns to end.
However, the national government is still trying their best to keep things under control. Especially with the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid19. Recently, cases broke the 20,000 a day mark in succession. This is despite the recent enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) for most of August.
For September 16 to 30, the new granular lockdown system is being tested out. The National Capital Region (NCR) is under general community quarantine (GCQ) alert level 4.
NCR’s current state allows fully vaccinated people to dine in at restaurants and have personal grooming services at salons.
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