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‘NCR firms following protocols’

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The majority of business establishments in the country, especially those based in the National Capital Region (NCR), follow minimum health protocols, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said Friday.

Records of the DTI-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB) showed that 94.24 percent of Metro Manila business establishments checked were abiding the rules set by the national government to help check the spread of the virus.

Out of the 5,267 firms inspected last year, 4,121 were found to be observing the protocols.

On the other hand, 1,146 requests for corrective action were issued to non-compliant business establishments; 590 of which complied within the prescribed time, while 292 were endorsed to local government units for further action and investigation.

Most of the non-compliance noted included lack of thermal scanners, floor markings for the observance of physical distancing and contact-tracing forms.

The protocols were laid down in the labor and trade departments’ joint memorandum 20-04-A, detailing Covid
risk-mitigation strategies in all business enterprises in the country.

DTI Consumer Protection Group Undersecretary Ruth Castelo maintained that health protocols must be strictly followed to make business operations safer throughout the pandemic.

“This 2022, let us continue to be proactive and adhere to our health protocols to ensure the utmost protection of the health of the Filipino consumers, traders, and workers,” Castelo stressed.

Business protocol violations may be reported to DTI through the 1-DTI (1-384) hotline or email at [email protected]

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