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More restaurants in Baguio will soon receive safety seals.

The municipal government is almost finished inspecting 360 additional businesses and facilities that have applied for a safety seal certification.

Aileen Refuerzo, chief of the city’s Public Information Office, said in a phone interview on Thursday night that this is part of the city’s attempts to ease movement restrictions in order to help the local economy recover.

She stated that the Permits and Licensing Division (PLD) receives and processes the requests, as well as leads the inspection team that examines the establishments’ compliance with the government’s safety rules.

She went on to say that the safety seal certificate was issued under Joint Memorandum Circular 21-01, series of 2021, issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of the Interior, and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).

Those seeking a certificate should examine themselves and meet the following criteria: Use of the StaySafe.ph aa s contact tracing tool or manual contact tracing; the use of a thermal scanner to examine staff and clients, as well as the availability of a health declaration sheet; Provide an isolation place for employees who have been detected as being sick; prominently display a Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) and emergency hotlines; Set up handwashing stations for clients or employees with soap, hand drying equipment, and supplies.

In addition, the institution must provide barriers in confined spaces to maintain social distance; suitable ventilation or adequate air exchange; and a disinfection strategy, or cleaning and disinfection as a Covid-19 control measure.

Face masks must be worn at all times by personnel, employees, clients, and visitors, and a designated Safety officer must be present for coordination and referral to isolation facilities or health facilities; contact tracing; monitoring of isolated and quarantined employees; and implementation of return-to-work policies.

Observations made during the inspection will determine whether a seal is issued or whether a re-inspection is required if problems or shortcomings are found.

The DTI has said repeatedly that a Safety Seal certificate awarded to an enterprise allows for an increase of 10% in the establishment’s allowed capacity.

In an earlier interview, DTI-Cordillera OIC director Juliet Lucas remarked, “The safety seal will also enhance customer trust that entering the institution is safe because they have been assessed of their compliance to the health and safety regulations.”

A composite team from the Baguio City Police Office, City Health Services Office, barangay, PLD, Public Information Office, Public Order, and Safety Division, and other pertinent offices inspects business premises in the city.

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