1K FIRMS BACK BAKUNA BUBBLE: 200K jobs in NCR to be restored

    Restart. Since August 6, personal care establishments and gyms have been closed while restaurant’s dine in operations have stopped since July 31. (dti.gov.ph)

    Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez expects some 200,000 jobs will be restored with the reopening to fully-vaccinated individuals, albeit only at 10 percent. of dine-in and basic personal care services like hair and nail care in the National Capital Region. once it is placed under Alert Level 4 starting September 16.

    Lopez told a briefing yesterday business owners in these sectors will realize P180 million in revenues per week of operations.

    However, these numbers represent just 12 percent of the total workforce and weekly revenues in the sectors at 1.2 million and P1.5 billion, respectively.

    Under the current guidelines of the modified enhanced community quarantine, these indoor services are not allowed.

    Lopez also clarified limiting the services to fully vaccinated workers and customers is not discriminatory but an incentive. This also served as a compromise to allow the reopening of these restricted sectors on a limited scale with the Inter-agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

    Meanwhile, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion yesterday said over a thousand business owners and franchisees have signed a manifesto expressing support to a proposal to allow greater mobility to the fully vaccinated as a way to revive the economy or the so-called Bakuna Bubble.

    In the manifesto signed by officials of owners of restaurants, salons, spas and gyms, Concepcion said these businesses lamented the financial losses and obligations they sustained due to the lockdowns implemented by the national government the past 18 months.

    Since August 6, personal care establishments and gyms have been closed. Restaurant dine in operations have also stopped since July 31.

    “With the Bakuna Bubble, the fully vaccinated will be allowed greater mobility and can enter these establishments, which allow these severely affected establishments the opportunity to bounce back and more importantly for their employees to begin to rebuild their livelihood,” the manifesto said.