Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Wednesday, May 20, convened 57 business leaders operating in the City of Manila as establishments in the nation’s capital are getting ready to reopen.

Domagoso said testing of employees is highly encouraged in order to lessen the threat of COVID-19 resurgence in the city, which was placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

To recall, the Mayor announced that the Manila City government has already begun building its own COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Sta. Ana Hospital, where the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center is located.

“It’s going to be a part of our lives, kailangan mabuhay na tayo ng normal, dahan-dahan at the same time, focus tayo sa COVID-19,” Domagoso told business leaders via a Zoom video conference.

The Mayor also assured business leaders that the Manila City government is ready to extend its assistance to aid establishments in the fight against the pandemic.

“Don’t send them home, send them to us,” Domagoso said.

“We are putting them in our quarantine facilities but as we progress we can extend assistance to [other] sectors,” he added.

The Manila City government has already conducted 33,819 rapid tests and 6,487 swab tests as of Tuesday night, May 19. Based on latest data, the city government is able to conduct more than 1,700 swab and rapid tests per day.

Likewise, the Mayor also encouraged businesses such as Meralco and Maynilad to resume construction operations which were previously put on hold, taking advantage of lessened traffic on various roads and streets in the city.

“On the other side of this crisis, [we should] take the opportunity na makagalaw lahat ng constructions,” he added as some flagship projects of the city government is set to break ground soon.

Present in the virtual meeting are representatives from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Federation of Filipino Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Makati Business Club, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine Management Association of the Philippines, Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), International Container Terminals Services, Inc.,Asian Terminals Incorporated, North Harbor Center, R-II Builders Inc., and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila among others.