September 27, 2021

感染拡大防止と経済のバランス フィリピンの今

フィリピン政府は、コロナウイルス 感染拡大を抑えるために、ロックダウン措置をとることを再考すべきだと関係者が語りました。マニラ首都圏では、これまでに3回の封鎖措置がとられており、今回の再封鎖措置は8月20日までとなっています。

フィリピン商工会議所のエドガルド・ラクソン会長代理は、フィリピン商工会議所はロックダウンを反対しており、延長にも強く反対していると述べています。政府はワクチン接種を強化するなど、他の対策を検討すべきだと述べています。過去のロックダウンで、多くの企業が被害を受けたためです。政府の試算によると、1日のロックダウンで企業が失うコストは少なくとも107億ペソに上るといいます。

デルタ株の感染拡大を防ぐために2週間にわたって実施された今回のロックダウンの影響で、経済管理者は今年の経済成長率予測を6〜7%から4〜5%にさらに引き下げました。

経済再開と感染拡大のバランスをとることは難しいですが、強制的な措置は国民の負担が大きいと考えられます。政府はロックダウン以外の効果的な措置を考えるべきです。

Gov’t urged to ‘rethink’ lockdowns to curb COVID-19 spread

MANILA – The government should rethink using lockdown measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as businesses have suffered enough from the cycle of lockdowns, a stakeholder said Thursday.

Metro Manila has been in lockdown thrice, with the latest reimposition in place until Aug. 20.

In an interview with ANC, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting president Edgardo Lacson said the group maintained their objection to the lockdown and is also strongly against any extension.

Lacson said the government should explore other measures such as ramping up its vaccination rollout.

“Not a single day of lockdown please because businesses have suffered in the past lockdown. And the COVID-19 spread still continues. So maybe we have to rethink and revisit lockdown as a measure,” he said.

“Maybe we can revisit that and accelerate the vaccination. Maybe the lockdown is not the best or the only option,” he added.

One day of lockdown costs businesses at least P10.7 billion, he said, citing government estimates.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua earlier said the economy could lose P150 billion every week Metro Manila is in lockdown.

On Wednesday, economic managers further downgraded growth estimates for the year to 4 to 5 percent from 6 to 7 percent, citing the impact of the recent 2-week lockdown to contain the spread of the more virulent COVID-19 Delta variant.

Prospects could even “worsen” if the lockdown will be extended, Lacson said.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said a positive growth this year is cautiously optimistic as the road to recovery remains “bumpy.”