JEG Development Corporation employees receive complete COVID-19 vaccination

All employees of JEG Development Corporation received full doses of vaccination against COVID-19. With the company’s commitment to the overall well-being and safety of its employees, JDC has partnered with the local government of Cebu to avail Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca shots. 

As the company transitions into the new normal, JDC ensured the protection of its employees is part of its business continuity plan. Recognized as the developer of the country’s 2020 Best Green Commercial Development JEG Tower @ One Acacia, JDC aims to provide a holistic wellness experience to its employees and fellow Cebuanos. 

According to the Cebu City Health Department, over 416,000 individuals in the city have so far received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 361,000 were already fully vaccinated. According to OIC Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, the city was targeting the inoculation of at least 700,000 out of its one million residents or 70 percent to achieve herd immunity.

With the steady inoculation of Cebuano residents and a significant decrease in active infections, the local government has eased economic restrictions and placed the city under Alert Level 2 quarantine classification.

Economic activity is expected to gradually improve as commercial and retail establishments reopen. Moreover, the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is also forecasted to significantly increase economic opportunities in the city and aid in its post-pandemic recovery.

Recovery Roadmap: Cebu City accelerates vaccination, relaxes entry protocol

The Cebu City government is eyeing to vaccinate at least 70 percent of its population by yearend, the city health office said. Averaging a total of 2,500 inoculations per day, the local government is hopeful that this target is attainable by December 2021.

After the city’s temporary suspension of inoculation due to the lack of supply, Cebu City resumed its vaccine rollout for its residents last Thursday, July 8. Local health data also showed that as of July 3. 277,514 residents have already registered to be vaccinated.

“We are praying for a fair allocation of vaccines for Cebu City. We have one million population. Our target is to vaccinate 700,000 of the residents, then we need more doses inasmuch as we don’t want to open, then close and open again our vaccination sites,” Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, head of the Cebu City Health Office said to the media.

Cebu City has also been prioritizing the opening of more vaccination sites to accommodate more individuals. Ibones stated that another vaccination site opened last July 2 in the mountain barangay of Cambinocot.

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Easing Travel Requirements

Following the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Cebu City is considering to ease its tourist entry requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. According to the resolution, those who have already received two doses of their COVID-19 vaccine are no longer required to present a negative RT-PCR test result upon entry to the island.

Local government officials have endorsed this domestic travel policy to Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella for final approval and implementation. Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, deputy chief implementer of the city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), added that loosening the requirements for domestic travelers could be seen as an “incentive,” and it could encourage people to register for vaccination as they would no longer have to complete the requirements when they decide to travel to other parts of the country.

As restrictions begin to relax and more residents get vaccinated, local businesses are optimistic for the speedy recovery of Cebu City’s economy, especially in the real estate sector. More premium-grade office developments, such as JEG Tower @ One Acacia, are pivoting their office re-entry strategies and offering safer and healthier spaces for businesses and tenants who want to take the opportunity to invest in Metro Cebu.

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Cebu’s COVID vaccination kicks off this week, signals region’s economic recovery

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccine is set to arrive in Cebu by the first week of March. As the Philippines’ vaccination program officially kicked off in Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that doses allotted for Cebu and Davao are already in transit.

“We are already transporting the vaccine this coming March 3 and 4 to Cebu, and to Davao on March 5 and 6,” vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. told the media. The official also committed an ‘equitable distribution’ of Sinovac dosses across the country. He also disclosed that allocated vaccines to the Visayan Region will be delivered to Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

DOH-7 spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche has also confirmed that the province will begin its vaccination program as soon as the doses arrive, prioritizing the medical frontliners and local healthcare workers. “Based on the meeting this morning (Sunday), the target for Visayas (Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center), is March 4,” Dr. Loreche said.

To prepare for the vaccination roll out, the local government of Cebu has already started profiling priority groups who will receive the vaccine. According to local officials, this step is crucial to prevent any complications as senior citizens and other sectors of the community get inoculated.

Improving economy

Dr. Loreche also confirmed that the province will remain to be under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until March 15 as advised by the DOH’s technical advisory council (TAC). This earned the nod of Cebu’s business sector which expressed that the economic revival of the province and its tri-cities: Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu would greatly rely on a successful vaccination program against the pandemic.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Felix Taguiam also expressed his support for the local vaccination program, saying that this should be the signal the recovery of the economy in Cebu and the Visayas.

“We have to do more. At least we can go on with the economy at work which will surely help so many people. Minimum health standards must be strictly enforced by our authorities with no special treatment and we are hoping in the next few weeks, we will see the downtrend,” he said.

He also urged member organizations and companies to allocate budget for the vaccination of their employees to ensure their safety as the province slowly reopen its economy amid the pandemic.

Want to discuss more business opportunities in Cebu City? Contact Lorenzo Rodriguez at (+63) 917-825-6884. For inquiries and more information, call us at (+63) 2-8403-5519 or send an email to info@kmcmaggroup.com.