BACOLOD EOC TO BIZ SECTOR: Offer incentives to fully vaxxed customers

Posted by watchmen
October 18, 2021
Posted in HEADLINE

The Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) is encouraging hotels, restaurants and other business establishments in the city to offer incentives such as discounts and freebies to fully vaccinated customers to attract more people to get COVID-19 jabs.

The task force also urged businesses to convince their personnel to get vaccinated, as the city is giving “vaccination seals” once their workforce is 100 percent fully vaccinated.

This way, the EOC-TF said, it will make clients feel safe when they dine in at restaurants or stay at local hotels knowing that all the staff who assist them are fully vaccinated.

These concerns were among the topics discussed during the virtual meeting of the EOC-TF, chaired by Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), chaired by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, with members and officers of the Hotels and Restaurants Association of Negros Occidental (HRANO) on Friday night, October 15.

About 80 HRANO member-establishments were represented during the meeting.

It was also learned that some businesses are already giving out incentives to customers who are fully vaccinated.

But Familiaran said that giving incentives to patrons is only voluntary but encouraged.

HRANO President Roberto Magalona of Cafe Bob’s pointed out that member-establishments are all in a similar situation, adding that some of their personnel want to get jabs while others expressed reluctance to get vaccinated.

“We can devise a strategy to slowly convince them,” Magalona said.

Leonardia, on his part, reiterated that vaccination is “our way out” of the pandemic.

“We vaccinated a lot of people but it is hard to convince others. Let’s try to do something about it. In Bacolod, fighting COVID is everybody’s business. You are influential to your employees so we are appealing to you to encourage them to get vaccinated, ” the mayor said./WDJ


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