On the 27th of July, in the recently concluded 48th Members General Meeting, ECOP invited key speakers from different organizations to discuss relevant updates on the actions that they have been taking as the pandemic persists.
One of the highlights of the meeting is the safety seal certification program of the government.
Ms. Jennifer Rucio, Tourism Operations Officer of the Department of Tourism discussed the salient features of the Safety Seal Certification Program as well as the types of businesses that the DOT is the issuing authority to. These include primary tourism enterprises, restaurants inside hotels, and resorts.
Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Ireneo Vizmonte discussed DTI’s role as an issuing authority of the program and shared that the establishments they issue safety seals to include supermarkets, convenience stores, membership clubs, logistics service providers, among plenty others.
Concerning malls, banks, fast food, restaurants outside hotels and resorts, and other retail stores, local government units step in to help implement the program and issue safety seals to the previously mentioned types of businesses.
Atty. Maricar Santos, Chief of Legal Services of the Bureau of Permits of the Manila City Hall and Ms. Catherine De Leon Arce, Chief of Business Permits and Licensing Department of the Mandaluyong City Hall were present to discuss the process and requirements that local businesses outside of the jurisdiction of DOT and DTI have to keep in mind when applying for a safety seal certification.
Last but not the least, from the Department of Labor and Employment, Senior Labor and Employment Officer Engr. Kristine Carol Soriente-Ramos discussed DOLE’s role in issuing safety seal certifications to establishments that fall under manufacturing, construction, utilities, information and communication, as well as warehouses.
While the program is voluntary, application for safety seal certification is highly encouraged so as to promote the upholding of minimum public health standards in all public spaces, especially ones that regularly cater to customers.