More businesses are encouraged to obtain a Safety Seal to boost the confidence of travelers and consumers in going out amidst the ongoing pandemic.
The Safety Seal Certification program indicates the establishments' compliance with the government's minimum public health standards (MPHS).
According to DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, the certification program is beneficial to the country's recovering economy since it boosts consumers' confidence in going out and patronizing business in the new normal with the assurance that a business establishment is compliant with health protocols.
He also encouraged more businesses to adopt the seal as an effective measure in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
"Businesses can do their share in the fight against the pandemic and create a healthy space for consumers to transact their purchases and for employees to gainfully and safely earn a living," Lopez added.
Likewise, the Department of Tourism (DOT) also reaches out to tourism establishment owners to take this step.
"The Safety Seal certification program bodes well with the DOT's priority to ensure the health and safety of both tourists and tourism workers," DOT Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said.
" I am encouraging all tourism establishments to apply for a Safety Seal, strictly comply with the health and safety guidelines, and have all their employees vaccinated. Let us continue to make travel fun and safe for all," she added.
Meanwhile, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año informed the owners of the establishments, especially those in areas under strict quarantine restrictions, to take this time to apply for a Safety Seal.
"Applying for a Safety Seal is not mandatory. However, business establishments are highly encouraged to apply since this will also help them attract customers which eventually lead to increased sales and profit," he said.
Based on the DOH-DILG-DOLE-DOT-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 21-01 Series of 2021, also known as the Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program, a business establishment is eligible to apply for a Safety Seal given:
If it duly registered
Adopted the Staysafe.ph or any other Local Government Unit's mandated digital contact tracing application
Most importantly, it strictly follows and implements the MPHS set by the government.
As of October 1, 2021, a total of 43,332 public and private establishments were given Safety Seal Certifications.
According to the Safety Seal Technical Working Group (TWG) report, a total of 85,731 applications have been received by the issuing agencies since its implementation in May 2021.
Around 50.54% or 43,332 applications were approved, while 11.50% or 9,858 applications were either denied or referred to the appropriate agency. The remaining percentage represents those that are still in the inspection process.
For more information regarding the Safety Seal's respective application processes by the issuing agencies, please visit the following microsites: