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‘Wag nang singilin! QC asks landlords to help small, medium businesses unable to pay rent

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The Quezon City government has asked landords and owners of commercial establishments in the city to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) hurt by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

Mayor Joy Belmonte said the assistance that may be extended by owners of commercial establishments may come in the form of discount, deferral or even full waiver of monthly rentals during the time the lessee is unable to open and operate business.

Belmonte said SMEs are among the sectors badly affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon because they needed to stop their operations.

“Every day that passes without business operations is like a death knell for every SME that mainly relies on daily operations and cash flow to sustain its viability,” she said.