Low Covid Case Ticket For Merry Christmas


Presidential Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Founder of Go Negosyo, Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd

PRESIDENTIAL Entrepreneurship Advisor Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd said on Thursday that the drop in new Covid-19 cases shows that the strict measures previously imposed by the Metro Manila government are working, creating a path towards a merry Christmas this year.

Concepcion, who is also the founder of Go Negosyo, said the drop in new Covid-19 cases to just 1,591 on November 3 is a justification for his controversial call for an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the region of national capital (RCN) in August.

“When I called for an early lockdown to be implemented in the National Capital Region in the first week of August, not everyone was happy. They said that was not the cure and that it would cost the economy and lead to job losses. “said Concepcion.

“If we had [not] entered this lockdown in August, we would not look forward to a Merry Christmas just yet, ”he added.

Covid-19 cases began to increase in mid-2021, following detection of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus.

Concepcion, taking into account advice from experts at OCTA Research, called for NCR to be submitted to the ECQ, the government’s toughest lockdown protocol.

“The Philippines then recorded a moving average of over 7,000 cases per day, which continued to climb steadily to 10, 12, 14,000 cases at the beginning of August. ” he said.

Business groups have warned that lockdown at this point would result in the loss of billions of pesos and job loss, with some going so far as to question the credibility of OCTA Research, an independent and interdisciplinary research group. .

Since the start of the pandemic, OCTA Research has been providing analyzes and projections of Covid-19 cases based on data provided by the government.

Concepcion defended the agency, saying it had a proven track record in data analysis and cited their projections when he stood firm and called for an ECQ in the NCR.

Go Negosyo founder explained that sacrificing the first two weeks of August would save the critical fourth quarter of the year, when consumer spending will be highest due to the Christmas season and the upcoming elections in May. 2022.

He said that clearing a clear path for businesses would also boost confidence in banks, which could then start lending money restructuring loans to businesses.

Concepcion has found allies in the mayors of the NCR, who have joined his call for the implementation of a strict lockdown in the capital region.

“The NCR mayors knew the situation on the ground and the consequences of not acting quickly. They joined in and that was enough to convince the IATF to put the NCR on ECQ in the first two weeks of the process. August, “he said.

As expected, Covid-19 cases started to climb in the last weeks of August and reached more than 20,000 new cases on multiple occasions in September.

But in October, cases fell sharply, ultimately ending in levels not seen since the Delta variant first appeared in the country.

“So, yes, I feel justified. The decision to close in early August was counter-intuitive. By nature, all businessmen should be prepared to take every opportunity to do business. Any event that prevents them from doing business. to do so must be seen as a loss and resisted at all costs, ”Concepcion said.

“But real life tells us that the way forward isn’t always a straight line. Sometimes you have to turn around to go forward and go even further than if you had been stubborn and insisted on forcing. your way in that straight line, “he added.

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Concepcion worked to create visibility of cases through testing, which was quite expensive then due to the demand for testing kits.

He went on to advocate for “bakuna bubbles”, where fully vaccinated individuals are granted more mobility to help maintain economic activity, but have been seen by some sectors as discriminatory.

Concepcion now aims to increase immunization levels in provinces, where vaccine reluctance remains high.

“Vaccines work. They protect people from serious infections and hospitalizations. Even if the number of infections starts to rise, if the LGU (local government units) has vaccinated 70 percent or more of its citizens, it hasn’t there will be no need to worry that there will be another lockdown. Although we cannot increase the hospital capacity, we can reduce the number of people having to go to the hospital, “he said. declared.

“We have to have a common goal. I think the only way to fully open the economy is to vax as much as possible. Vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible,” Concepcion added.

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