Philippines must expand vax drive to boost economy –Isko

The Philippines needs to expand its vaccination program to promote consumer confidence and boost the economy, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said over the weekend.

In a dialogue with workers in Cebu, Moreno cited the need to ensure consumer confidence which would in turn make money circulate across the country.

“First things first: kapanatagan to tourists and to the workers. Kapag laging pangamba na, baka ‘yung nagseserbidora sa kanya ay may COVID o ‘yung kanyang turista may COVID, lahat takot. Kapag lahat takot, mababa ang efficiency level at service,” he said.

(First things first: assurance to tourists and to the workers. If there are apprehensions that the workers or the tourists have COVID, there will be fear. If everyone is afraid, there will be lower efficiency in the level of service.

“Kapag bakunado ang lahat, tuloy ang buhay. Doon papasok ‘yung consumer confidence. Bakunahan natin nang bakunahan ang tao. Palabasin natin. Pagastusin ang tao para may hanapbuhay ang tao. So naturally, may iikot na pera,” he added.

(If everyone is vaccinated, life will continue. That is where consumer confidence enters. Let us vaccinate all individuals. Let us bring them out. Let the people spend to make jobs, so naturally, there will be money that will circulate.)

The government recently undertook a national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 2, where a total of 9.937 million were vaccinated against COVID-19.

Domagoso on Sunday praised the recent vaccination drive which he said would boost tourism moving forward, as he said he plans to boost tourism infrastructure in the Visayas should he win as President in the next polls.

“Just imagine yourselves as Cebuanos in the Visayas region, connecting to giants, the Negros and Cebu provinces. ‘Yun ang isa sa tinitignan namin (That’s one thing we are looking at), to build more bridges connecting the islands so there will be more commerce, exchange of goods, mas mabilis, mas efficient,” he said.

The Philippines has administered a total of 91,447,862 COVID-19 doses as of December 4, 2021, according to data from the health department.

This includes 51.997 million who received their first doses, 37.984 million fully vaccinated, and 463,354 who have received their booster shots. –LBG, GMA News

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