Gov’t, private business sector vow to help Cebu fight COVID

July 01, 2020

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion has announced that the  private sector, the government  through its “Go Negosyo Project ARK,” and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), will boost its  support to Cebu City  in mitigating the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Those present in the virtual meeting  were  National Policy on COVID-19 chief implementor  Carlito Galvez Jr.,  Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu, CCCI president Felix Tagium, and Go Negosyo mentor and CCCI past president Virgilio “Nonoy” Espeleta along with different  conglomerates and business chambers in Cebu.

“Controlling the health situations well will allow us to control and avoid letting go of people and save jobs and livelihood especially for the MSMEs who are struggling right now. Cebu will definitely rise above this challenge,” said Concepcion,  stressing  the strong commitment from the private sector to help the province of Cebu.

“The private sector will really work with different chambers. We will help support whatever programs the chamber has. We will work with the IATF and the approach is mutual trust and cooperation. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible and sustain the jobs and livelihoods of our people,” Concepcion added.

For his part, Galvez said  the private sector and the government should work hand-in-hand to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease in Cebu.

“We want to mobilize all the support katulad ng ginawa natin sa Manila. We have created a lot of quarantine areas, and centers. We also call for support to boost the morale of the front liners and warriors fighting every day, provide frontliners relief from months of exposure, encouraging messages, small amenities to give relief, expand quarantine areas, boost testing capacity to quickly identify asymptomatics. In all this, we need people’s self-awareness and discipline to protect themselves and the people around them,” Galvez said.

Project ARK, which has the support of conglomerates, companies, business organizations, and associations across the country, will tap CCCI, Mandaue Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI), and other business chambers in Cebu to assist in fighting the disease.

Part of the immediate action items of the dialogue is to strategically put up dialysis centers inside various malls that will separate renal patients from the possible exposure that they might get if they will still continue their treatment in various government and private hospitals where there are COVID patients and medical personnel who are possibly exposed too.

SM Investments Corp. vice chairman Tessie Sy-Coson expressed her commitment to this strategy.

“Once approved, a temporary 90 sq.m facility can be set up within seven days in which can be converted into a more permanent set-up after two weeks and eventually can be used for long-term dialysis,” ARK-PCR private chief implementor Rep. Jannette Garin.

“It is critical that we test, trace, and treat. Project ARK has taken the steps to boost testing, while the government has made great strides, under the leadership of Sec. Galvez, to construct more COVID-19 facilities. On contact tracing, a study estimates that we can reduce the need for testing by a factor of 10, and this has also been relayed to Congress,” Concepcion said.