CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, August 9 (PIA) - Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc., a group of business leaders in Northern Mindanao through President Robertson Pizarro was one with businesses in real estate, power and utility and agri-businesses in saying that there is a need to shift to digital to operate or continue to thrive in the midst of corona virus disease (COVID)- 19 pandemic.
In an interview during CORDS X Podcast of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, Pizarro cited that the businesses really have to follow proper protocol and go particularly for digitalization as means to communicate and provide services to their customers.
In the real estate, he said, they are using technology from marketing, paperworks to the payment.
Among the badly hit sector during this COVID-19 pandemic is the service sector cmprising tourism, transportation, hotels and restaurants. But what is happening now, he shared, the restaurants are implementing delivery, pickup with strict observance of health safety protocols to keep their clients safe from the virus.
"We started negotiating and requesting for waivers especially on taxes, real estate tax from the city which the very good Mayor granted," Pizarro disclosed.
Further, he commended Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno for doing a good job in balancing the economy and health system. He also applauded Governor Yevgency Vincente "Bambi" Emano of Misamis Oriental for handling COVID-19 responses properly.
For the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), one of the badly hit sectors in this time of pandemic, Pizarro shared that they opened up the P3 cares program, "Ang Pondo sa Pagbabago at pag Asenso", from the Philippine Savings Bank (PSB) funds.
With the help of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI), he said, they are extending and in the process of giving it out to their business partners in region 10.
A big factor to help the economy recover is really government intervention. He said the "Build Build Build" program should not only continue but to be enhanced, meaning, bigger funds should be allocated or moved more to the regional areas.
The "Balik Probinsya" program which would declog Metro Manila is beneficial to the region, too. But one way to do it is to make the region inviting through fast internet connectivity and good infrastructures.
He added that "the good thing with region 10 now is the excess of power.. Besides, "we have very good land, good skilled labors, and Mindanao weather is more friendly than Luzon," he said.
There is also a need to provide incentives to attract investors, which is beneficial for the Balik Probinsya project.
"That project I believe would really fly but I believe we need a nucleus intervention both by the government and the private sector to put up these nucleus businesses to encourage and support 'Balik Probinsya'," he maintained. (JMORucat/PIA10)