Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso believes the nation’s capital will recover and become more prosperous despite the severe economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his message for the Lunar New Year, Domagoso also encouraged the Filipino-Chinese community to continue working hand-in-hand with the local government to eradicate the pandemic.

“My wish for the Filipino-Chinese community is that you all stay healthy and safe. Yes, businesses may have lost money because of the pandemic, but that money can be earned back,” Domagoso said.

“All you have to do is remember that your forefathers when they started doing business here hundreds of years ago, they started in the streets and became productive citizens of this country. I believe we can bounce back. Ang tingin ko ang health, ‘yun ang precious commodity. Health is wealth. Kung Hei Fat Choi!”

In light of all other challenges the Filipino-Chinese community have endured due to the pandemic, Domagoso reminded everyone that it is important to stay united.

“Now, let’s work hand-in-hand. The community must work with the LGU and the national government. Let us not forget that our enemy is the coronavirus. Ang kalaban natin ay ang coronavirus,” the Mayor said.

As Domagoso previously stated, the only thing that would speed up economic recovery is the much awaited COVID-19 vaccine.

The Mayor has consistently been reminding people to keep following the prescribed health protocols and to pre-register for the free vaccine from the LGU. Mass vaccination simulations also continue to be held in Manila so that the vaccine could be deployed in the most efficient way.

Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), thanked Domagoso for the continued support provided to business owners in the city.

He also commended the local government’s vaccination roadmap. In an interview with Business Mirror, Liong said, “We at the FFCCCII, strongly support the country’s approach to gradually reopen our Philippine economy while still upholding strict observance of health protocols.”

The FFCCCII is umbrella organization of Filipino-Chinese entrepreneurs. Its members include over 170 business and trade associations from all over the country.

In compliance with the local government’s directive, all events related to the celebration of the Lunar New Year on February 11 and 12 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. These include dragon dance shows, street parties, stage shows, parades or other similar activities.