MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said there are still some 600 business establishments awaiting issuance of a Safety Seal certificate to be able to resume operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over 150 establishments have been approved (for safety seal certificate), and there are 600 pending for inspection. The process is ongoing as we speak,” DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said Friday (June 11) during the regular Laging Handa briefing.
Establishments deemed compliant with the minimum health standards for the prevention of COVID-19, are given a Safety Seal certificate.
“Kailangan magpa-safety seal sila para lang masigurado that they are complying with the minimum health protocols. Especially kung indoors, very important kasi ngayon iyong ventilation,” Lopez said.
The official said among establishments that the DTI inspected, around 105 have been denied the safety seal.
“Pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na forever na hindi sila makakakuha. Pinapa-comply lang sila sa minimum health standards,” Lopez said.
Under the Joint Memorandum Circular 21-01 Series 2021 signed by the DTI, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government , and the Department of Tourism (DOT), a Safety Seal shall apply to selected public places and government offices as well as private business establishments.
It shall be displayed on strategic spots at the entrance of establishments.
Establishments that are covered by DTI are supermarkets, groceries, membership shopping and convenience stores, construction supply or hardware stores, barbershops and salons, and service shops.