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MICROFINANCING, LOANS AND CREDIT ESTABLISHMENTS ALLOWED TO OPERATE WITHIN QUEZON CITY AMID THE ENHANCED COMMUNITY QUARANTINE — BELMONTE

In Executive Order 29, Mayor Joy Belmonte stressed that the city government is duty-bound to ensure the availability of sources of loans and credit to the poor and marginalized, during the ECQ.

“Entities that are duly regulated by governmental authorities to offer loans and credit will be allowed to operate so they can provide assistance to our citizens in need,” said Belmonte.

“The EO is pro-poor and gives the poor access to loans that they can’t avail from common banks.”

“We believe that this addresses a gap in the rules, which is sorely needed by our less fortunate residents, and we hope the national government feels the same way. The EO is pro-poor and gives the poor access to loans that they can’t avail from common banks,” she added.

Covered by the order are financial institutions supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), such as banks, non-stock savings and loans associations, money exchange/remittance companies, e-money issuers, payment system operators and pawnshops.

Financial service cooperatives, credit cooperatives and multi-purpose cooperatives that provide savings and credit to their members, as regulated by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) will also be allowed to operate.

Other establishments, duly regulated by governmental authority, providing micro-financing, loans and other forms of credit to unemployed or low-income individuals are also exempted from the ECQ.

The order requires that these establishments must only deploy a skeletal workforce.

“Isinama natin ang mga kooperatiba, MFIs at iba pang lending institutions para mas madaling makautang ang sinuman na nawalan ng pagkakakitaan dahil sa ECQ dahil kaunti lang ang requirements kumpara sa mga bangko,” Belmonte pointed out.

The order requires that these establishments must only deploy a skeletal workforce, who will be allowed to travel to and from their place of operation.

“The personnel are enjoined to follow the strict rules on social distancing, mass gathering, the wearing of face masks and to observe proper hygiene,” Belmonte said.

Employees of said establishments are also advised to carry their valid identification card duly issued by their companies for validation purposes by law enforcers.

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