Biz establishments urged to secure safety seal

Biz establishments urged to secure safety seal

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Thursday urged all establishments to apply for a safety seal to entice more consumers.

In a statement, DTI 11 (Davao region) Director Ma. Belenda Ambi said the Safety Seal Certification Program would benefit both the consumers and establishments.

“With the Safety Seal, the consumers are assured that the shops or stores they are visiting are compliant with the government’s guidelines. As a result, the establishments carrying such a certification would gain the public’s confidence. It must be noted, though, that they need to meet certain requirements first before getting a Safety Seal,” Ambi said.

The program is a joint undertaking of the DTI, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Health (DOH) under the Joint Memorandum Circular 21-01, series of 2021.

The following agencies shall be the issuing authority of the Safety Seal for the corresponding establishments: for DOT (primary tourism enterprises, accommodation establishments [hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, and other accredited accommodation establishments], travel and tour services, meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE) venues/facilities, and restaurants inside hotels/resorts);

For DOLE (manufacturing, construction sites, utilities [electric, water, gas, air conditioning, supply, sewerage, waste management], information and communication companies [private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies], warehouses);

For DTI (groceries, supermarkets, membership shopping clubs, convenience stores, construction supply/hardware stores, logistic service providers [outlets], barbershops and salons, service and repair shops, and local government unit [city or municipality], malls, wet markets, other retail stores, restaurant outside hotels/resorts, fast food, eateries, coffee shops, etc., banks, money changers, pawnshops, remittance centers, car wash, laundry service centers, art galleries, libraries, museums, zoo, sports centers, tutorial, testing, and review centers, gyms, spas, cinemas, arcades, and all other private establishments;

The DILG issues the seal for the Philippine National Police (PNP), city halls, municipal halls, provincial capitols, all other local government unit facilities and buildings, police camps and stations, Bureau of Fire Protection Offices and Fire Stations, Provincial/District/City Jails, barangay halls, and other barangay facilities, and all other public establishments not covered by the other Issuing agencies.

“The registration to the Safety Seal Certification Program is voluntary, which means that this is not a requirement for the business establishments to operate continuously. However, we highly encourage them to enroll to boost the confidence of their target consumers. Anyway, they don’t have to pay anything to avail of this program,” Ambi said.

The Safety Seal, she said, has a validity of six months from the date of issuance, except for those awarded to tourism enterprises, which carry a validity of one year.

After the period, the concerned establishments may apply for a renewal, which shall be granted based on their continued compliance with the eligibility requirements. (PNA)

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