Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI)
After the national government quarantined the entirety of Luzon, several local government units in Visayas have started imposing lockdowns as a precautionary measure to the COVID-19 crisis. Currently, Visayas is gearing up as more cases of the disease emerge across the country.
Like many other employers and business membership organizations or EBMOs, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) bears the brunt of providing leadership and representation for its members that are adversely affected by the pandemic.
Within the organization, CCCI created three levels of protocols as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The protocols are divided into the different alert systems Code Red Sub-level 1, Sub-level 2, and a Cebu-wide lockdown.
When the Code Red Sub-level 1(with at least one local transmission) was first imposed, CCCI imposed required sick leaves for anyone with flu-like symptoms for 14 days. Employees with cough and/or colds who passed the self-monitoring test were allowed to either report to work with a medical-grade mask or work at home with an assigned deliverable from the supervisor.
Security guards on duty were also asked to gently deny entry for those with flu-like symptoms and ensure that all others must use the hand sanitizer provided before entry/transactions. All face-to-face meetings with clients were discouraged while activities with 25 or more participants were postponed.
Soon after the Code Red Sub-level 2 was declared, CCCI practiced more stringent measures against the pandemic. A skeletal workforce was asked to report for work while others are working from home. Interns must remain at home and no clients/visitors will be entertained.
External meetings and activities are cancelled, and only internal meetings are allowed within the premises or via teleconferencing.
Now that Cebu has declared a province-wide lockdown, CCCI has imposed the following protocols:
- Everyone must be quarantined at home for a majority of their time;
- The Executive Director, Quality Management Team (QMT), and driver must remain in touch with each other and the Executive Committee or the Board of Trustees (BOT) for developments, ongoing-work and instructions (work at home);
- All other staff are on forced leave if they have used up their 15 sick leave and 15 days vacation leave credits or any other provision that the BOT may promulgate;
- No meetings and activities will take place whether in the chamber or other places. Only conference calls may be done; and
- The office HQ and buildings are closed/off-limits to the staff and clients.
The Cebu Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCCI) is a non-profit institution of businesses and professionals in Cebu working together to protect and promote the Cebu business community.