By Darlene Delgado
The Department of Trade and Industry Region VI (DTI-6) is urging business establishments in Western Visayas to secure a safety seal certification.
Safety seal certification is a voluntary certification scheme asserting that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government, and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.
In the joint memorandum circular implementing the guidelines on safety seal certification program, establishments that are covered by DTI are groceries, supermarkets, membership shopping clubs, convenience stores, construction supply and hardware stores, outlets of logistics service providers, barbershops and salons, and service and repair shops.
Applying for a safety seal is at no cost to the establishment. It is renewable and valid for six months, except in the case of tourism enterprises where the seal is valid for one year.
Further, Safety Seal certificate is not mandatory for continued operation. Establishments, however, still need to comply with minimum public health standards and the allowable operational capacity for continued operation.
As of June 22, 2021, the DTI-6 has issued 19 Safety Seal certificates, of which five establishments were from Negros Occidental.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases launched the safety seal certification program to give consumers the assurance that the establishments with the good housekeeping seal maintain minimum health protocols.
The IATF also encourages consumers to patronize establishments with safety seal. (With a report from PNA)