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Involving businesses

A survey of 200 member-companies of influential business groups showed that 65 percent of them preferred to take part in the vaccine rollout, compared to other forms of assistance such as donation and charitable activities and livelihood training programs.

It is not surprising that majority of large Filipino companies want to be more involved in programs involving the rollout of more vaccines, as most agree that inoculation is the best way to protect Filipinos from the highly contagious and potentially lethal COVID-19.

The survey covered 34 business groups with the majority of respondents coming from the Management Association of the Philippines, Makati Business Club and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines. It was conducted from April 6 to May 16 this year, when the Philippines had already been under quarantine for more than a year.

“About 65 percent believe they need to help procure vaccines, while other believe they need to be involved in vaccine administration, indicating their belief that vaccination is the strongest defense against COVID-19,” read a summary of the survey findings.

When asked what they thought the private sector should do in the future, 41 percent said they wanted to handle vaccine administration, including the identification of venues needed for inoculation.

On the other hand, only 2 percent of companies surveyed said they would be more involved in “donations and charitable activities;” 1 percent in livelihood and upskilling programs and 1 percent in “pushing business to help society more.”

Even before the vaccination effort began in March, the private sector has already been raring to help. Months have passed and despite the slow vaccination rollout, the involvement of private sector and businesses continues to remain minimal and the situation still frustrating for those who have been willing to dedicate their resources to help government achieve the goal of herd immunity as soon as possible.

Business groups are simply waiting for the opportunity to help, especially when it comes to the vaccination effort. Based on the slow pace of vaccination in the country, government obviously needs all the help it can get. Why isn’t it taking advantage of the assistance being offered by big businesses and the private sector?*

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