Implementing Guidelines of the Safety Seal Certification Program


 


WHEREAS, Section 15 Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution mandates that the State shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them; 
 

WHEREAS, the presence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2 which originated from the United Kingdom and South Africa (501.V2) has been confirmed in the Philippines and are believed to be one of the major factors affecting the surge in cases of COVID-19 in the country

WHEREAS, to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future surges, there is a need to enforce strict and continual compliance with the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) especially in business establishments and major public places;
 

WHEREAS, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) adopted StaySafe.ph as the official digital contact tracing application of the government and the institution of a Safety Seal Certification Program to ensure compliance with MPHS and directed the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to issue the necessary joint memorandum circular to detail requirements to secure a Safety Seal which shall include the adoption of the StaySafe.ph application and generation of its QR Code to be displayed in all entrances;
 

NOW THEREFORE, the following guidelines are hereby promulgated to guide establishments, local governments, and other implementing agencies on the grant of and retention of the Safety Seal certification. 

What is Safety Seal Certification Program?

 The Safety Seal program is an inter-agency effort among the DILG, Department of Health (DOH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Tourism (DOT), and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which grants establishments a Safety Seal to be conspicuously displayed indicating that the building or establishment they are entering are compliant to health protocols against Covid-19. 

Why is it important to have Safety Seal?

A safety seal tags establishments that strictly implement minimum health protocols in their stores and workplaces, such as proper wearing of face shields and face masks, good ventilation, disinfection, in which the people may know that the establishment they are visiting is complying to the minimum health standards of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases

How to Apply for Safety Seal Certification

By Application

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1. The owner or the authorized representative of the business establishment shall download from the website or secure from the office of the issuing Authority the appropriate checklist and perform self-assessment.

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Request for inspection

2. If self-assessment is favorable, the owner or authorized representative of the business establishment shall then contact the Issuing Authority to schedule an inspection.

DOLE 6 Contact numbers

3. The Issuing Authority shall validate the status or validity of government-issued permits and/or accreditation.

4. If found to be with valid government-issued permits, registration, and/or accreditation, the Issuing Authority may proceed with the inspection.

5. The Issuing Authority shall inspect compliance of the business establishment. The Philippine National Police (PNP) shall join the inspections upon the request of the Issuing Authority especially in inspecting places open to the public.

6. After the inspection, the inspector/inspection team shall inform the owner or authorized representative of the result of inspection and next steps:

              i. If the business establishment is compliant, the owner or the authorized representative shall be informed on how the Safety Seal sticker will be provided.

              ii. If the business establishment was found lacking in any of the eligibility criteria, the owner or authorized representative shall be advised to correct the deficiencies and apply for reassessment.

By Visit 

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1. During regular monitoring, the inspection team shall also check whether the business establishment is eligible to the Safety Seal Certification.

2. Upon determination of compliance with Safety Seal Certification, the inspection team shall inform the owner or authorized representative of the establishment’s eligibility and how the Safety Seal Sticker will be obtained.

3. If deficiency/ies is/are found, the owner or authorized representative shall be advised to correct the deficiencies and apply for reassessment.