DUE to the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Cebu Province, traders and business owners fear a higher percentage of Cebuanos will lose their jobs.
This was announced by a representative of the Cebu business community during a session at the Provincial Capitol.
About 75 percent of employees in the tourism industry and 65 percent in the business sector are set to be retrenched because establishments are hardly making money, said Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Steven Yu, adding that business owners are also finding it hard to provide transportation for their employees.
He also said they don’t want to risk the lives of their employees and their customers, considering there is no vaccine for Covid-19 yet.
Carlo Anton Suarez, head of the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu, has sought the help of local government units (LGUs) on behalf of the entire business community.
He said it will take one to two years before the industry can recover if hotels, resorts and restaurants can only accept a limited number of clients.
Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, for her part, ordered LGUs to create different protocols to fit tourist destinations in their areas. That way, tourists won’t be afraid to visit, she said. (ANV)