The business sector is asking the Bacolod City government to amend its curfew ordinance to further stir the local economy, Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said yesterday.
He said that easing the restrictions on the curfew ordinance will mean more business hours at night time, which will increase the revenues of establishments, preserve and create new jobs, and generate much-needed cash and taxes for the city.
He said the increased sales will also result in more taxes for the local government unit, adding that the city has to provide a good business environment.
“Additional store hours will give us an improved environment to do business,” he added.
He said “night businesses contribute 30 to 40 percent to the total revenue of most of the establishments in the city.”
“Our proposal is that curfew hours be moved from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. to 4 a.m.,” Carbon said.
He also said the local executives are “doing very well in containing the spread of the virus. So we are doing our part in stirring the economy while waiting for the financial stimulus and assistance from the national government.”*
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