MAYOR Isko Moreno has called on the residents of Manila to support the businesses based in the city to help them get back up on their feet.
In his live broadcast, Moreno formally endorsed the program conceptualized by bureau of permits and license office (BPLO) chief Levi Facundo, dubbed, “Buy Eat Drink Shop Support Local#BagongMaynila.”
Moreno thanked and lauded Facundo “for initiating such program that will benefit local businesses in the city of Manila and generate job opportunities for those who were gravely affected economically, due to the pandemic.”
To the residents, the mayor urged them to eat, drink, do their shopping and buy all their other needs from establishments based in Manila instead of going outside of the city, so as to support their fellow Manilans.
The mayor stressed that charity should begin at home and that if the residents would patronize establishments located in their own city, they will, in effect, be helping the city government to whom the establishments pay their taxes and other financial obligations.
Taxes, he explained, are the lifeblood of any government and that from these and other fees paid to the city, programs that redound to the benefit of all residents, including those who patronized the business establishments, are duly funded.
Facundo said there are about 50,000 registered business establishments operating in the city and thanked the mayor for supporting the program aimed at reviving the business climate in the city which was disrupted by the pandemic.
The city government, on orders of Moreno, had spent a huge portion of its budget on the fight against COVID-19, alleviated by donations from those who have expressed faith and support for Moreno for the steps he had taken to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Moreno said the city is eyeing the allocation of P200 million for the future procurement of vaccines for COVID-19 as soon as they are approved and become available. The budget will be taken from the 2021 budget of the city.