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Apparel exporters want workers included in COVID-19 vax priority list

/ 12:23 PM April 28, 2021
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(FILE) Workers, who opted to continue working despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), rush making Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) under the program of Philippines’ Vice-president Leni Robredo, for distribution to frontline workers in different hospitals in the country at a factory in Taytay town, Rizal province, east of Manila on April 24, 2020. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — A group of garment exporters is seeking the inclusion of its workers in the government’s vaccination priority, as new COVID-19 infections are recorded among employees weekly.

During Wednesday’s Senate hearing on government programs for pandemic-hit industries, Confederation of Wearable Exporters of the Philippines (CONWEP) Executive Director Marites Agoncillo appealed that export industry workers be classified under the A4 vaccination subgroup of the government.

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“Our group has been very upfront with the government with this to include us in the immediate vaccination sub-level group A4. With this, it would solve the problem of the cost of doing business during the pandemic,” Agoncillo said.

“The cost of the shuttle [for employees] alone is killing us already so if we are vaccinated, the people, we cannot work from home. We really need this,” she added.

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According to her, factories under the industry usually have 1,500 to 2,000 workers.

“The infections [happen] every week. We get it…It’s just too scary,” she added.

At present, only workers in manufacturing for food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical products are included under the A4 subgroup.

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