THE Division of Commerce and Business (DTI) on Sunday defended the federal government’s choice to permit cinemas to open, saying that “further security protocols” might be put in place.
Commerce and Business Secretary Ramon M. Lopez instructed reporters over the weekend that cinemas might be required to supply air flow and restrict their capacities to solely 30 %.
Final week, the Inter-Company Activity Drive (IATF) for the Administration of Rising Infectious Illnesses Resolutions allowed cinemas to open in Common Group Quarantine areas like Metro Manila.
“This was reviewed by specialists in TWG (Technical Working Group) of IATF with DOH (Division of Well being); DOLE (Division of Labor and Employment); DTI; DOT (Division of Tourism); DILG (Division of the Inside and Native Authorities); and DOF (Division of Finance),” Lopez stated.
“Cinemas in MGCQ areas have been opened already. So it’s roughly half of the economic system that’s nonetheless in GCQ, the place cinemas might be opened,” he added.
Lopez stated opening cinemas in GCQ areas would assist increase the business, which has been considerably affected by the lockdowns that authorities imposed to stop the unfold of Covid-19.
He stated round 300,000 staff depend on the business for his or her livelihood. Additional, the P13 billion value business shrank to P1.3 billion in 2020, he famous.
In a survey final 12 months, the Nationwide Financial and Growth Authority (Neda) and DOF discovered that the business that was most affected by the lockdown was the humanities, leisure, and recreation sector, the place gross sales declined by 82.3 %.
It’s estimated that 18,661 corporations within the sector have been closed because of the Enhanced Group Quarantine (ECQ) and only one,874 corporations have been open. The Neda and DOF stated that as early as Could final 12 months, corporations on this sector can be closed for the remainder of 2020.
Subsequent among the many most badly hit sectors is tourism, which noticed revenues plunge 81.9 % with 29,147 corporations closed in the course of the ECQ and solely 2,686 corporations open in the course of the lockdown.
When it comes to job losses within the prime 10 hardest-hit sectors, the development and schooling sectors have been probably the most affected with 689,974 and 130,514 jobs misplaced, respectively.
This was adopted by the restore of motor automobiles and bikes (74,758 jobs misplaced throughout ECQ), tourism (51,446), and finance and insurance coverage actions (41,027).