The new status for Bacolod City under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) sent a good signal that other businesses can kick off.
Frank Carbon, executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said this will mean business for the travel, hotel and pasalubong sectors.
For almost nine months, Carbon said only the food sector survives especially those in online transactions and the supermarkets.
With more people allowed to go out to the malls and recreational centers but with strict implementation of health protocols also mean brighter holidays for the working and business sectors.
Many of the small businesses are now ready to re-invest through a loan program from the bank and this will gradually create jobs for workers.
Carbon, who is also the operational and financial adviser of one of the fast craft companies operating the Bacolod-Iloilo route, also said that starting today, Dec. 2, the three fast craft operators will have additional trips in the morning and in the afternoon.
This is in answer to the increasing number of travellers for Bacolod and Iloilo, especially this holiday season.
The operators also wait for the approval of their request to increase the number of passengers, from 50 percent to 75 percent per trip. Carbon said this will mean that a 300-capacity fastcraft can now accommodate 200 passengers. – ML