MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The recently-declared Enhanced Community Quarantine for the entire Luzon island due to the threat of further spread of COVID-19 or the corononavirus has its pros and cons.
But let’s focus on the pros, particularly the huge money savings for Filipinos in the areas under quarantine because of the temporary closure or suspension of businesses. Here’s a partial list:
- POGOs are suspended
- LOTTO is suspended
- SOGOs are closed
- Beer houses are closed
- Massage parlors are closed
- Retail shops at Malls are closed
- Starbucks is closed, except for take-outs
- McDonald’s is closed, except for take-outs
- Jollibee is closed, except for take-outs
- Government offices , except for those in charge of essential service are closed, and that means savings on bribes.
Be safe, everyone!
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Quezon City Bureau) – As the nation’s capital region was put under “community quarantine” and workers living in nearby provinces worry about work in Metro Manila, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) chief has offered an idea: Why not rent a place in the city for now?
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez put forward this suggestion as a way for workers to cope with Metro Manila’s isolation due to COVID-19 .
Not to be outdone, Vice President Leni Robredo has a more viable and practical alternative to Lopez’s suggestion.
She said companies should instead relocate their offices to provinces outside of Metro Manila. “It’s shooting two birds with one bullet,” she told The Adobo Chronicles. “It will not only solve the problem of workers from outside of Metro Manila in getting to their places of work in the capital region, but it will also permanently decongest the over-populated metropolis.”
Brilliant ideas from both the DTI Secretary and the Vice President!