SAN JOSE, ANTIQUE, July 7 (PIA) -- More business operations and work-related activities in the province of Antique are expected to reopen after President Rodrigo Duterte has classified the province as a low-risk area.
In a press conference, Governor Rhodora Cadiao expressed her enthusiasm of wanting Antiquenos to go back to work and for businesses to open up again as the local economy has been affected due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
"I was thinking we should really revive our economy. I want Antiquenos to go back to work and I'd like the businesses to open, but of course with protocol," Cadiao said.
Under Executive Order 78, among those establishments permitted to operate for Category I include the agriculture and fishery industries, food manufacturing and food supply chains, logistics sector, health-related institutions, information technology and telecommunication companies, and media industry.
Industries belonging to Category II such as mining and other manufacturing industries, export and electronic commerce, delivery, repair and maintenance, and housing and office services were given the go signal to open.
Moreover, Category III industries allowed to operate are financial services, BPOs, legal, accounting and auditing firms, scientific, technical and non-leisure services, and wholesale and retail establishments.
As for Category IV, the resumption of establishments dedicated for amusement, gaming, fitness, and kids and tourism industries are allowed at a maximum of 50 percent operational capacity.
This half proportion venue capacity also applies to salons, barber shops, other personal care services, food retail establishments, dine-in restaurants and fast food chains.
Meanwhile, only those hotels and other accommodation establishments that have been accredited as provided by law and relevant issuances of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are allowed to operate.
Cadiao further emphasized the value of business relations between Iloilo and Antique provinces.
According to the governor, Antique sourced its essentials from Iloilo as part of the trade, thus, border closure would "paralyze" the businesses in the province. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)