Philippine car dealers appeal to DTI to allow re-opening amid COVID-19

Updated Apr 20, 2020 | Same topic: COVID-19 Updates

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The Philippine Automotive Dealers Association (PADA) has made an urgent appeal to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to allow them to re-open on a skeletal workforce basis by this week.

In the letter written unearthed by and Visor, PADA addressed the plunge of car sales in the country due to the effects of both the Taal Volcano Eruption and the COVID-19 pandemic this year.

Allowing to re-open car dealerships would help not only the country’s GDP since 4% of it is accounted to the automotive sector, but also help those whose jobs in the auto industry were severely affected by the current enhanced community quarantine.

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The PADA humbly appealed to DTI to allow the automotive dealers to open on or before April 20 with consideration to the following strict precautionary measures:

1. Skeletal Force Attendance

50% of our service staff will be reporting on a rotation basis.

2. Workbay Utilization

Each technician will work one bay apart to ensure physical distancing

3. Strict Sanitization

  • Ensure high traffic customer areas are regularly sanitized by using disinfectants.
  • Application of protective material to the vehicle including seating and steering wheel cover.
  • Use of disposable gloves and proper protective gear by service team and technicians.
  • Use of disinfectants to thoroughly wipe interior and exterior vehicle component surfaces.

4. Customer Protection

All customers will be required to wear a mask, screened for body temperature, and will be provided with hand sanitizers placed in strategic locations in the customer areas. All reception area will have a clear plastic divider between the customers and service advisors.

As of April 20, 2020, there is a total of 6,459 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, which may cause another extension. In fact, a house leader pushed for another 2-week extension of Luzon’s enhanced community quarantine. 

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Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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