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115 establishments receive Safety Seal Certification

Raffy Ayeng

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has already given 115 establishments Safety Seal Certification which ensures that these businesses are following the designed minimum health protocol by the government against Covid-19.

Establishments under DTI’s watch including supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, membership shopping clubs, construction supply/hardware stores, logistics service providers, barbershops and salons, and service and repair shops, heeded to the health standards set amid the pandemic.

“More than 600 are still pending for inspection, but monitoring is still ongoing. About 105 establishments were disapproved but this doesn’t mean they are already failed. They just have to comply with the requirements of the government’s minimum health protocols,” said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez during the weekly “Laging Handa Press Briefing”.

Lopez said the application for the Safety Seal Certification was made simple in order for establishments to avail the scheme easily.

“They just have to log on to Safety Seal microsites and they can do self-assessment for the meantime if their establishment is compliant. And if they are confident, then they can call us already to request for inspection,” the Trade chief added.

The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification scheme, which affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.

Aside from DTI, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was also tasked to issue the Safety Seal for the manufacturing, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management), information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehouses.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is the issuing authority to award Safety Seal to compliant government establishments such as city and municipal halls and provincial capitols, and all other LGU facilities and buildings. It will also inspect police camps and stations; Bureau of Fire Protection offices and Fire Stations; Provincial, District, and City Jails; barangay halls and other barangay facilities; and, all other public establishments not covered by the other Issuing Agencies.

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