June 17, 2021

Offices and businesses that follow health standards get a safety seal

Government buildings and private businesses in Antique that meet the basic public health requirements will get a Safety Seal from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and local government entities (MPHS).

On Thursday, DILG Antique provincial office information officer Judy Mae Magdato-Sajo stated, “The Safety Seal would be the tangible embodiment of businesses or government buildings’ compliance to the basic health requirements.”

She said that once the DILG and LGU Inspection and Certification Teams are established this month, they would begin the inspection.

The Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) will lead the DILG Team, which will also include the head of the Municipal Police Station (MPS) and a fire marshal from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Municipal halls, the capital, police camps and stations, and other government structures will be inspected.

Members of the LGU team will come from the Municipal Health Office (MHO), Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRMO), chief of police, public communication officer, and other authorities appointed by the local chief executives.

It will be in charge of inspecting and certifying private businesses with business licenses, such as malls, wet markets, retail shops, and restaurants.

The inspection is being conducted in accordance with DILG Secretary Eduardo Ao’s Memorandum Circular (MC) 2021-053, which contains the Safety Seal Certification Program’s Implementing Guidelines.

The memorandum directs the DILG and local government inspection and certification teams to improve private and public sector compliance with basic health standards in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus illness in 2019.

The seal is good for six months, according to Magdato-Sajo, and may be renewed a month before it expires.

It must be posted at the entrance or in prominent locations within the businesses or government buildings so that it may be viewed by the general public.

SEAL OF SAFETY. Establishments and government buildings that meet minimal public health requirements will get a Safety Seal (MPHS). The compliance in antique businesses and government buildings will be determined by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, as well as local government entities.

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