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NEDA preparing policies to help industries adjust to ‘new normal’

The National Economic and Development Authority said over the weekend the government is preparing policies to help industries adjust to the “new normal” amid the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.

Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a statement the Inter-Agency Task Force Technical Working Group for Anticipatory and Forward Planning chaired by NEDA was preparing recommendations to rebuild confidence and adjust to the new normal.

“We are doing this even while the government accelerates the implementation of measures to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” he said.

The group was created through the IATF-Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution No. 16 on March 27, 2020.

Members of the IATF-TWG-AFP are the Departments of Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Education, Health, Budget and Management, Finance, Agriculture, Tourism and Information and Communications Technology; National Intelligence Coordinating Agency; Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas; and University of the Philippines Resilience Institute.

Other individuals or institutions from both the private sector and academe are invited as resource persons.

“As this pandemic affects various sectors, it is important for us to be able to characterize what this new normal would mean to each and every segment of the population. We are currently crowdsourcing for inputs on how the whole of government can address the challenges the country is facing,” Pernia said.

The TWG will recommend programs and strategies to promote confidence in the health systems through data analytics, recommend programs and strategies to rebuild consumer and business confidence and recommend policies and programs to adapt to a “new normal” state of economic activities.

“The whole of government will also be ready to adjust plans and implement the necessary interventions as the air of uncertainty is expected to remain with us for some time. We aim for these strategies to cover the most pressing issues and build from there with forward planning as our lens,” said Pernia.

A progress report from the group is expected to be submitted to the IATF for Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on April 7 and the final report by April 13, 2020.

The group is currently conducting surveys for business owners and consumers. 

Topics: National Economic and Development Authority , NEDA , new normal , coronavirus disease 2019 , COVID-19 , Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia
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