PCCI Mindanao advocates Health Care Capacity Initiatives for business survival & continuity

29th Mindanao Business Conference 2020

The affiliate chambers of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mindanao will push a package of health care capacity measures aimed at ensuring business survival and continuity during the 29th Mindanao Business Conference on September 10-11, 2020.

DOH-10 TB Reference Center now also has RT-PCR testing equipment now being used for COVID-19 testing.

The first ever virtual hosting of Mindanao’s biggest business conference of the PCCI will be hosted by the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) through online live streaming via ZOOM with a record audience expected to participate in the virtual event despite restrictions on travel and gatherings brought by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“With theme, Mindanao: Journeying to the New Normal, we recognize the urgent need to boost confidence to overcome emerging challenges and opportunities,” said Ma. Teresa A. Alegrio, PCCI Area Vice President for Mindanao. “This stems from a deep understanding of what the new normal presents so that responses to meet them are carefully crafted.”

The Xavier University (XU) – Maria Reyna Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) Reverse Transcription — Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Laboratory.

MinBizCon is an annual event organized by the PCCI that aims to create a venue for businessmen, key industry players, government executives, and other private sector leaders to discuss economic concerns and opportunities in Mindanao resulting to policy actions for the development of the region.

Through PCCI Mindanao Resolution no. 2020-004 (A Resolution Endorsing To The IATF-EID Proposed Intervention Measures For Business Survival And Continuity of Mindanao MSMEs and Other Industries) the 42 local Chambers of Mindanao will be requesting the National Government’s immediate and urgent intervention to prioritize a package of proposed recommendations aimed at ensuring  the business survival and continuity of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), in the manufacturing and industry, and agricultural sector.

The newly-completed COVID-19 testing laboratory of the Lanao del Norte LGU at the Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital. (PIA ICIC)

MSME’s constitute over 90 percent of the number of business establishments nationwide and in Mindanao.

The resolution covers Health Care Capacity, Infrastructure, Economic Stimulus, Structural Reforms, Capacity Building, and Domestic Tourism.

Health Care Capacity

Among the resolutions proposed by PCCI Mindanao to build Health Care Capacity are the following.

·       For DOH to partner with Philippine Red Cross and other private hospitals in establishing an RT-PCR Testing and Confirmatory Labs in Highly Urbanized and 1st Class Provinces all over Mindanao;

·       For DOH, DA, and DTI to grant workers employed in the food supply chain in Mindanao (production, manufacturing and logistics) first priority in mass screening, contact tracing, access to quarantine facilities and vaccines to ensure its stability and unhampered operation;

·       For DICT and IATF to spearhead the aggregation of contact tracing solutions using digital technologies, cell site triangulation and location methods, and whatever further means deemed necessary, which could impact on the effective tracing of Covid 19 cases in the country and subsequent treatment of infected individuals.

. The foregoing proposals were extensively discussed across all the 42 Local Chambers of Commerce in Mindanao during several Regional Consultations with PCCI President Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico, PCCI Mindanao Area Vice President Maria Teresa R. Alegrio, and PCCI Regional Governors Arturo Milan (South Eastern Mindanao), Roderico R. Bioco (Northern Mindanao), Paul Gudmalin (Western Mindanao), Pete Marquez (Central Mindanao), Aldrin Ibbo (BARMM), Julie Senense (Eastern (CARAGA) Mindanao) and Loreta Sy (South Western Mindanao) with Promote NorMin Foundation President Elpidio M. Paras. (PCCI Mindanao)

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