Businesses and livelihood in Manila, which help sustain the economy reboot here, are assured of protection from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Wednesday.
The mayor made the assurance after pandemic challenges were discussed during a virtual meeting between Domagoso and the 170 chapters of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCII).
Domagoso assured the business sector that the city government will continue to support them so they are able to wade through the impacts of the pandemic.
“I want to reach as many as possible, to help them survive this pandemic. We are firm with our decision that business should continue so that there will be livelihood and work for the people and peace of mind. If business is good, there are taxes, and if taxes are paid, we can redirect it to our programs,” Domagoso said in a mix of English and Filipino.
To be able to survive the current situation, Domagoso cited the importance of adapting to the “new normal” and following the imposed safety health protocols.
He said the city government will not sleep over the pandemic and its effect on the lives of the people.
“Families, livelihoods, jobs, and businesses will go down the drain if we are not going to adapt,” Domagoso said.
Meanwhile, Domagoso also expressed gratitude to the Department of Finance for granting the city government some PHP30 billion net borrowing capacity for its high-impact projects.
Because of this, he said the city government is able to break grounds for the construction of government projects like the Tondominium and the Binondominium, the construction of Bagong Ospital ng Maynila, and the rehabilitation of the Manila Zoo.
Domagoso also extended his gratitude to the officials and members of the FFCCCII together with all other government agencies and private sector groups who are helping the city government respond to the pandemic.
Just recently, Domagoso launched the Manila Restaurant Week which will run until Sept. 27, to help the food and restaurant sector in the country’s capital bounce back from losses. (PNA)