A total of 43,332 public and private establishments have been issued safety seal certifications nationwide, national agencies announced Tuesday.
In a joint statement, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez urged more businesses to adopt the seal as part of measures against the COVID-19.
The safety seal indicates that an establishment adheres to minimum public health standards against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“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,” he said.
At present, the Safety Seal Technical Working Group has received 85,731 applications, of which 43,332 applications were approved while 9,858 applications were either denied or referred to the appropriate agency.
The remaining applications are still under inspection.
Establishments seeking to apply for a safety seal must adopt the StaySafe.PH or any other local government unit-mandated digital contact tracing application and implement the minimum health standards against the virus.
“The implementation of the Safety Seal Program is a very laudable initiative that highly reinforces our country’s response to combat COVID-19,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said.
“As we gradually reopen our economy, it is important to ensure that our people are safe, and adherence to Minimum Public Health Standards is one vital key to this aspect,” he added.
The Philippines has logged a total of 2,604,040 cases. — Joahna Lei Casilao/RSJ, GMA News