More than 43,000 businesses nationwide have received Security Seal Certifications (SSC), reassurance to the public that health protocols are in place at their establishments amid various quarantine restrictions.
Through the joint efforts of the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Home Affairs and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Commerce and Industry (DTI), as of October 1, 2021, 43,332 public and private establishments have obtained security seal certifications. The SSC program indicates the compliance of establishments with the minimum public health standards (MPHS) set by the government.
“The implementation of the Safety Seal program is a very laudable initiative that greatly strengthens our country’s response to fight Covid-19. As we gradually reopen our economy, it is important to ensure that our population is safe, and meeting minimum public health standards is a vital key to this aspect, ”said Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III.
Commerce Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the certification program is indeed beneficial for the country’s economic recovery as it boosts consumer confidence to go out and patronize businesses in the new normal with insurance. that a commercial establishment complies with health protocols.
Lopez encouraged more companies to adopt the seal as an effective measure to curb the spread of Covid-19 infections.
“Businesses can do their part in the fight against the pandemic and create a healthy space for consumers to shop and for employees to make a safe living,” Lopez added.
Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año has asked owners of establishments, especially those located in areas with strict quarantine restrictions, to apply for an SSC. “Applying for a security seal is not mandatory. However, business establishments are strongly encouraged to apply as it will also help them attract customers, which will eventually lead to increased sales and profits, ”he said.
Since its implementation in May 2021, a total of 85,731 requests have been received by issuing agencies, as reported by the Technical Security Seals Working Group (TWG); 50.54 percent or 43,332 requests were approved, while 11.50 percent or 9,858 requests were either refused or referred to the appropriate agencies. The remaining percentage represents those who are still in the inspection process.
“I congratulate and congratulate the institutions that have taken the initiative to obtain their security seal certifications. This will build confidence that their respective companies are committed to ensuring the health and safety of their stakeholders and their workers, ”said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.
In accordance with DOH-DILG-DOLE-DOT-DTI (JMC) Joint Circular 21-01, 2021 series, also known as Security Seal Certification Program Implementation Guidelines, a business establishment is eligible to request a security seal. given that it is properly registered, adopt Staysafe.ph or any other local government unit (LGU) – mandated digital contact tracing application, and most importantly, strictly follow and implement the government defined MPHS.
Likewise, the DOT contacted the owners of tourist establishments to take this step.
“The security seal certification program bodes well with DOT’s priority to ensuring the health and safety of tourists and tourism workers. That being said, I encourage all tourism establishments to apply for a security seal, adhere strictly to health and safety guidelines, and have all their employees vaccinated. Let’s continue to make travel fun and safe for everyone, ”said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The Safety Seal TWG assures the public that the government is constantly making the best efforts with whole-of-government and whole-of-society coordination in support of the Inter-Agency Task Force against Covid-19 (IATF) Prevent-Detect-Isolate -Treat Strategy- Reintegrate (PDITR).
In addition, they urged the public to be better informed about the different ways to protect themselves from Covid-19 and its variants, following the announcement of the new classification framework advocating the principles of the 3C strategy (Closed, Crowded , and Close Contact). This framework uses alert level systems that will determine, among other things, protocols and allowable operational capacity of business establishments by city / municipality.
As of September 16, Metro Manila has been classified as alert level 4. This implies that establishments and / or activities classified as high risk of transmission will not be allowed to operate.