Garment industry calls on government to include factory workers in A4 vaccination group
The Confederation of Philippine Garment Exporters (CONWEP) on Wednesday called on the government to include its factory workers in the A4 vaccination priority group.
“Apparel, manufacturing, especially the export manufacturing coalition, our group, has been very frank with the government to include us in the immediate A4 group vaccination sublevel,” said Maria Teresita Jocson-Agoncillo of CONWEP in a Senate Hearing Wednesday.
Agoncillo said the clothing industry was struggling with the cost of doing business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The mere cost of the shuttle is already killing us… We can’t work from home. I wish we could work from home, but the workers … we really need this (vaccine), because you run factories of at least 1,500 or 2,000 people. And infections [happen] every week, ”she said.
“If we can really rank, if the Senate can work on this, the economic affairs group, trade, that would be really appreciated,” Agoncillo added.
Previously, the Interagency Working Group on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) approved the list of sectors included in priority group A4 of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.
The complete list of priority group A4 is as follows:
- [workers in] commuter transport (land, air and sea), including logistics
- public and private sellers in wet and dry markets
- frontline workers in grocery stores, supermarkets, delivery services
- workers in food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing
- frontline workers in food retailing, including food service delivery
- frontline workers in private and government financial services
- frontline workers in hotels and accommodation establishments
- priests, rabbis, imams and other religious leaders
- security guards / personnel assigned to offices, agencies and organizations identified in the list of priority industries / sectors
- frontline workers in private and government news media
- personnel in contact with customers of telecommunications, cable and Internet service providers, electricity distribution and water distribution
- frontline staff in basic and higher education institutions and agencies
- Filipino workers overseas, including those scheduled for deployment within two months
- frontline workers in the legal / justice, security and social protection sectors
- frontline government workers engaged in government transportation system operations, quarantine inspection; worker safety inspection and other COVID-19 response activities
- frontline government officials responsible for tax collection, business assessment for incentives, election, national ID card, data collection staff
- staff of the diplomatic community and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in consular operations
- Ministry of Public Works and Highways staff in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects
So far, the government vaccinates frontline health workers, the elderly and people with co-morbidities. —KBK, GMA News