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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Biz leader bats for strict health
protocols in markets, terminals


Local business leader Frank Carbon is urging the city government and establishment owners to implement strict health protocols to curb the local transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.

“Our measures and cure should be evidence and data-based as to where and how community transmissions are happening,” Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

He added, “This way, our measures will be on target, sustainable and will have long term and permanent effects.”

For containment measures, the MBCCI leader suggested that there should be strict health protocols implemented in all public markets, small wet markets (talipapa), sidewalk vending, and public utility vehicle terminals.

“These are high-density areas. It should be considered as high-risk areas and should be given utmost attention by our police and health officers,” Carbon said.

For high-density barangays, officials should actively participate in implementing health protocols and that they should be held accountable for the wide and rapid spread of the virus in their areas, he said.

Carbon also suggested that offices and stores must close their pantries and eating areas.

“Employees must be required to bring their own utensils, and eat in their working tables, and that lunch and snack breaks must be limited to one hour,” he said.

He also said that employees must be dismissed from work by 4 p.m. to avoid crowds at bus and jeepney terminals.

Meanwhile, the home quarantine pass must be limited to per household, and that working members of the family should have work ID or certification from the barangay, Carbon added.*


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