25 January 2022
The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) will always support policies that are aimed to curtail the spread of COVID-19 virus, grounded sternly on strong scientific evidence and medical experts’ advice.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) through Project Balik Buhay (PBB), as of January 23, private hospitals in Cebu have now recorded a running total of 43 COVID-19 deaths for the month of January, while public hospitals have recorded 77 deaths, bringing the total running number of deaths to 120. Remarkably, 81.7% (98) of these COVID-19 deaths recorded were either UNVACCINATED or partially vaccinated.
Today, as we are in the middle of the OMICRON surge, the ‘No Vaccine, No Entry’ policy of the government is a serious precautionary measure our business establishments need to observe to lessen the transmission and mutation of COVID-19. While striking a balance between life and livelihood is imperative, we must remember that the ultimate goal of all our COVID-19 response is to put an end to this pandemic because prolonging it will only cause more suffering to people and damage to business enterprises and the economy. Therefore, all measures to deter the spread of the virus should be our top priority.
The CCCI implores our member companies and all business establishments in Cebu to adhere to the government policies in place which are only meant to help us survive this pandemic. As such, we remind every business to enforce wearing of face masks, physical distancing, regular testing and vaccination among your employees. We all have our roles to play in ending this pandemic, and we must act now and do our part before it gets the better of us time and time again.