IGINIIT ni Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion na walang saysay na itaas ang quarantine status sa Metro Manila dahil hindi naman lumalabas ang mga tao matapos ang holiday season.
“The first quarter of the year is a weak and slow quarter since many have spent the money with Christmas gifts and New Year gatherings. This is the quarter where we see slow sales for most businesses,” ani Concepcion sa kalatas.
“So even if they did not place it in Alert Level 3, mobility will really drop and on top of that surge, nobody will go out so there is no need to place it under Alert Level 4. People are generally scared to go out now because of the increase in cases and they have already spent their money during the holidays last month,” paliwanag pa niya.
Bago ito ipinahiwatig ni Health Secretary Francisco Duque III ang posibilidad na isailalim sa Alert Level 4 National Capital Region. bunsod ng pagdami ng mga kaso ng Covid-19.
Humirit naman si Concepcion na hindi na kakayanin ng pribadong sektor ang isa pang lockdown.
“We’re borrowing trillions of pesos. Our debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) is growing. If we surpass 60%, then it’s gonna hurt us big time. So we have to open the economy and leave it open but we should do it carefully,” aniya.