A TOP official of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) is calling on the government to implement, in consultation with the private sector, a range of legislative and executive actions towards recovery, resilience and resurgence (3Rs) to drive the country’s efficient transition from the Covid-19 crisis to the “new normal.”
Philexport president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. on Monday, May 11, 2020, unveiled the New Normal Roadmap, a set of proposed measures developed by Philexport to help Covid-19 devastated businesses, especially exporters and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), get back on their feet, restart and sustain their operations and create jobs.
A copy of the roadmap crafted with inputs from the organization’s local chapters nationwide and affiliated industry associations was sent to the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases through Trade Secretary and Export Development Council Chairman Ramon Lopez.
The roadmap recommends immediate as well as medium- and long-term legislative and executive measures anchored on the 3Rs. The three pillars of recovery, resilience and resurgence are seen as the way forward in the economic reboot of the country as it adjusts to a new way of life.
Ortiz-Luis, Jr. said that the recovery phase requires “the immediate implementation of programs and policies that can help enterprises to re-open gradually from this crisis until reaching their full capacity.”
Measures under the resilience phase call for “the continuing implementation of programs and policies that will help enterprises withstand disasters and shocks (including a possible second wave of this crisis) and keep the enterprise operational even at 25 percent capacity until they reach full capacity.”
The resurgence phase, meanwhile, can be achieved in the medium- to long-term by “continuing the implementation of programs and policies that will help enterprises achieve at least five percent enterprise and industry growth targets consistently for as long as possible.
To assist businesses, particularly the floundering MSME and export sectors, the roadmap proposes the immediate rollout of measures including: