October 22, 2021

In the case of Covid-19, a Cebu executive supports immunization of all employees

Food and beverage businesses in Cebu that support the demand to self-regulate their health and safety procedures must vaccinate all workers against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to a Cebu provincial official on October 19, 2021.

Glenn Anthony Soco, a member of the Provincial Board (PB) representing the 6th District, said he supports the demand to allow businesses to implement their own safety measures while emphasizing that the main concern is the safety and well-being of workers and consumers.

Soco stated that he authored a resolution requesting that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) allow restaurants, hotels, resorts, establishments offering food and beverage to the public, lodging businesses, and tourist attractions to regulate their safety nets against Covid-19.

During Monday’s PB meeting, the resolution was discussed and approved.

However, Soco said that the management of these businesses must be more responsible in vaccinating their employees and rigorously adhere to the authorities’ recommendations.

He said that they should address any emerging health concerns and rectify any health and safety problems raised by local health authorities as soon as possible.

“If infractions occur, they may be sanctioned via fines and/or have their licenses/permits withdrawn, as the case may be,” Soco stated in a statement to the Philippine News Agency.

The push to self-regulation, he added, came from the endeavor of Cebu’s food business sector to resume regular operations regardless of quarantine classification while rigorously adhering to health procedures inside their facility and obtaining the required government licenses.

He said that efforts are ramping up to rescue companies that have been hit severely by the Covid-19 epidemic, as owners fight hard to preserve their assets, guarantee the livelihood of their employees, and assist the economy recovery.

“Most of these companies are losing patronage as customers become dissatisfied with the services they provide,” he added.

He further said that these companies follow rigorous health standards, with the majority of them taking their own efforts to better safeguard their consumers and keep their patrons and employees safe.

This endeavor would avoid further instances of reducing operations and company closures, which, according to Soco, would result in layoffs of its workers.

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