Prioritize MSMEs in vaccinations

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A BUSINESS organization that represents the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Cebu has recommended that MSMEs be part of the priority sectors in the upcoming Covid-19 vaccination program of the government.

This is because MSMEs are breadwinners and their stores have to operate daily to sustain jobs and earn income, according to Filipino Cebuano Business Club (FilCeb) chairman Rey Calooy.

“If you prohibit them, what will happen? They have to go out every day to operate their businesses. If they are already vaccinated, the spread of local transmission can be stopped,” he said.

Calooy believes MSMEs are frontliners too because they keep the economy running.

Calooy also decried the Sunday lockdowns being implemented in the barangays of Guadalupe and Lahug, the first and second biggest barangays in Cebu City in terms of population.

“What’s the purpose of having a lockdown on a Sunday? Will the virus choose a day when to infect people? What’s the basis?” he said.

Calooy said decisions such as this should be based on science and statistics, especially if it can potentially harm the MSMEs that are already struggling to stay afloat during these challenging times.

The business leader said FilCeb doesn’t support any lockdown because every time it happens the economy is denied a much-needed boost and it endangers livelihoods.

Barangay Guadalupe implemented its “Sunday lockdown” on Jan. 24 to help slow down Covid-19 transmission in the barangay. Lahug, on the other hand, followed suit on Feb. 14. Only essential establishments are allowed to operate.

The Covid-19 pandemic has since continued to hurt businesses big and small.

Recently, one of Lahug’s popular dim sum places, Ding Qua Qua in JY Square Mall, temporarily ceased its operations on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 after it reopened its doors on Oct. 1, 2020 with the New Normal All Day Buffet. (JOB)