October 14, 2021

There are currently over 43K companies having government-issued safety seals

A total of 43,332 public and private businesses throughout the country have been granted safety seal certificates as of October 5, 2021, assuring the public that health procedures are in place despite the quarantine limitations.

The safety seal certification program certifies that businesses meet the government’s minimum public health standards (MPHS).

The certification program, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez, is helpful to the country’s rebuilding economy since it increases customers’ confidence in going out and patronizing businesses in the new normal by ensuring that a commercial facility is complying with health standards.

He urged other companies to use the seal as an efficient way to stop the Covid-19 virus from spreading.

“Businesses may contribute to the battle against the pandemic by creating a healthy environment for customers to make purchases and for workers to earn a livelihood in a gainful and safe manner,” Lopez added.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao advised business owners, particularly those in regions with stringent quarantine regulations, to register for a safety stamp.

“It is not necessary to apply for a Safety Seal. Business establishments, on the other hand, are strongly urged to apply since it will help them attract consumers, which will lead to greater sales and profit,” he added.

According to the Safety Seal Technical Working Group (TWG), 85,731 applications have been received by issuing agencies since May 2021; 50.54 percent, or 43,332 applications, have been accepted, while 11.50 percent, or 9,858 applications, have been rejected or directed to the relevant agency.

The remaining proportion is made up of those who are currently being inspected.

“I applaud and congratulate the businesses who have gone above and above in obtaining their Safety Seal certificates. This will increase public trust in their individual businesses’ commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of their stakeholders and employees,” stated Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

A business facility is qualified to apply for a safety seal if it is properly registered, uses the Staysafe.ph app or any other digital contact tracing application required by the local government unit, and fully follows and implements the MPHS.

“The Safety Seal Program’s adoption is a very commendable effort that greatly strengthens our country’s reaction to fight Covid-19. “As we slowly reopen our economy, it’s critical to guarantee that our people are safe, and adherence to Minimum Public Health Standards is one critical component of that,” said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) also contacts tourism business owners in order to get the seal.

“The DOT’s goal of ensuring the health and safety of both visitors and tourism employees aligns nicely with the Safety Seal certification scheme. Let’s keep making travel enjoyable and safe for everyone,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.

The Safety Seal Technical Working Group informed the public that the government is making every effort to assist the Inter-Agency Task Force’s Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) approach with whole-of-government and whole-of-society cooperation.

Following the introduction of the new categorization system supporting the principles of the 3C’s (Closed, Crowded, and Close Contact) Strategy, they encouraged the public to become better educated about the different methods to stay safe from the coronavirus and its variations.

Alert Level Systems are used in the framework to define the procedures and allowed operating capacity of businesses in each city or municipality.

Metro Manila has been designated as Alert Level 4 since September 16, which implies that businesses and activities identified as high-risk for transmission are not permitted to operate.

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