PCCI President Benedicto Yujuico


Micro, small and medium enterprises want the government to ease their plight through a moderation of the enhanced community quarantine, a business leader said.

Former ambassador Benedict Yujuico, president of the broad-based Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), said small and medium-scale businesses made the appeal in a letter addressed to President Rodrigo  Duterte.

The letter was received by Secretaries Carlos Dominguez III, Ramon Lopez, and William Dar of the Departments of Finance, Trade and Industry, and Agriculture, respectively, he said during the “Tapatan sa Aristocrat” virtual forum on Monday morning.

“We are happy the government considered several of our suggestions,” Yujuico said.

He said the government should seriously take into consideration assistance for micro, small and medium enterprises in the amount of P250 billion.

There are about 1.3 million micro, small and medium enterprises that should be allowed to return to business to allow employees to get money for food and medicines, he said.

Yujuico said it would be hard for small and medium-scale businessmen to last two more months of lockdown.

He said some businesses had begun laying off workers and warned that more businesses would close shop.

Even business process outsourcing firms have been affected, the PCCI president said. (Melo M. Acuña)