Businessmen brace for impact of ‘Maring’ on economy



MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) is hopeful that the impact of storm Maring on local firms will not be as damaging, even if Metro Manila, shut down for business over the past two days.

“Definitely, there is a lot of damage. Apart from agriculture, there were no trading activities over the past two days. The logistics industry has been largely affected too because of the floods and because people can’t go to work,” PCCI president Miguel B. Varela said in a phone interview.

According to Varela, the biggest hit by the storm among industries was the manufacturing sector in Luzon as the heavy rains brought by Maring flooded areas where a lot of factories and facilities are located, including Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga and Zambales, among others.

The Calabarzon area was reportedly the hardest hit region by the torrential rains, affecting some 600,000 people in the area, a Philippine Daily Inquirer report stated. Also badly affected were the southern parts of Metro Manila.

“I hope that the impact will not be that big considering that flood waters receded quickly and the typhoon did not really hit much of the agricultural areas. What was more affected were the manufacturing plants, in terms mostly of halted or low production. Recovery will be faster then,” Varela explained.

Varela said he would have estimates on the probable impact of Maring and business closures by Friday at the latest.

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  • dotCommer64

    Ayos lang yan basta tuloy tuloy ang “soft projects” nila congressman, me budget tayo doon. Pero dito sa flooding at hard projects o yung mga nakakaapekto sa national level sorry wala daw tayong budget dyan, tutal baha lang naman daw yan sabi nila economy experts tongressman.

    • dotCommer64

      Ang solusyon dyan ayon ke Tongressman bigyan nalang daw tayo ng isang kilong bigas at noodles, ayun ang solution nila. Darating panahon wala nang middle class sa pilipinas dahil lahat naghirap na, dalawa nalang ang klase ng tao sa pinas, ang mahihirap at mga pulitiko. Salamat mga Congressman.. wag nyo kalimutan isulat pangalan nyo don sa plastic ng relief goods ha? Nakakahiya naman sa inyo kung wala yung pangalan doon.

  • unokritiko

    what kind of economist is this! He holds the chairmanship and yet his message is enormously means to increase the prices.
    It would be much better for this bad mouth economist to shut up otherwise show some proof that the prices of some commodities will go up.
    His message is not just a forecast but a trending to increase the price of commodities.
    thats how a corrupt practices is made by this people.

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