Mandaue City eases restrictions on market days amid COVID-19 pandemic

PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar (L) with Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes (R) during the Network Briefing interview. (PIA7)

CEBU, Jan. 25 (PIA) -- In a bid to help the hundreds of market vendors badly affected by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Mandaue City Government expanded the number of market days for its residents and to ensure that the livelihood of these small merchants remain afloat.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes said the number of market days have been increased from two days to four days, based on the request of the market vendors who have appealed to the city government to address their plight.

“The easing of restrictions on the number of market days is a product of the request from the market vendors severely hit by the (COVID-19) situation. Our administration is a consultative type of government and we have seen their difficulty,” said Cortes during the Laging Handa Network Briefing Program anchored by Sec. Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

From the previous two days a week per barangay allotted for market days, the number of market days have been increased to four days per barangay, giving the residents more time to go to the public market and at the same time, expanding the opportunities for the vendors to sell their produce.

Cortes, however, said even if the restrictions on market days have been eased, there is no let-up in the implementation of strict health protocols to make sure there would be no community transmission of the SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

“There must still be strict adherence to health protocols such as social distancing and the wearing of face mask and face shield,” said Cortes.

According to Cortes, doubling the number of market days is a big help to the small merchants because “as much as we want to save lives, we also want to protect the livelihood of the Mandauehanons, especially our market vendors.”

Mandaue City, a top exporter of carrageenan and furniture, is dubbed as the “Industrial City of Cebu” and the corridor of Metro Cebu, the mayor said as he stressed that opening the communication lines between the city government and all sectoral stakeholders, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises, is critical.

Cortes further said during the time when Cebu was considered the epicenter, its tens of thousands of manufacturing industries were not that badly affected because they were categorized as essentials.

“The badly hit sector was the micro, small and medium enterprises and they are the ones that really need our assistance,” said Cortes.

The mayor added that Mandaue is the first highly-urbanized city to offer electronic business licensing system to all its commercial locators.

Amid the pandemic and the need to limit face-to-face engagements, Cortes said the city linked with the Department of Information and Communications Technology to install an electronic system where business establishments need not queue anymore to apply or renew their business permit, among other necessary requirements.

“With the COVID-19 crisis, we see the need to streamline business applications,” said Cortes. (fcr/PIA7) 



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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