The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) commended the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga for the latter’s compliance to health protocols against COVID-19.
DSWD Caraga OIC-Regional Director Ramel F. Jamen received on Friday, July 23, a Safety Seal from DILG Caraga’s Local Government Operations Officer V Marissa M. Mones and Butuan City Fire Station’s Fire Officer 3 Eric Alvin C. Gayon at the Field Office.
The Safety Seal, which is valid for six months from the date of issuance, is awarded to offices and establishments that are compliant to health protocols against COVID-19.
The Safety Seal bears a green check with the sentence “We follow safety & health protocols against COVID-19” printed on it. It also indicates the Issuing Authority, Date of Issuance, Safety Seal Number, and a QR code placed on the seal as a safeguard against counterfeits.
According to DILG’s website, to receive the Safety Seal, private and public establishments must pass eligibility requirements patterned on the Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS) currently being implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force and the national government.
According to the JMC No. 21 which is the implementing guidelines of the Safety Seal program, establishments shall require health declaration and/or symptoms assessment; non-contact temperature check is performed to all employees, customers, and any individual who enters the premises; customers and other individuals who enter the premises are asked to register with StaySafe.ph; and, as applicable, an isolation area for symptomatic employees shall be installed.
Among other requirements are the availability of handwashing stations, soap and sanitizers, and hand drying equipment or supplies (e.g., single use paper towel) to employees and clients/visitors which are placed in strategic locations in the establishment; observance of physical distancing or spacing through installation of physical barriers in enclosed areas where physical distancing may be compromised, i.e., blocking off of chairs, use of markers or stickers on the floor for spacing; and, ensure adequate air exchange in enclosed (indoor) areas as cited in DOLE Department Order No. 224-21 or the Guidelines on Ventilation for Workplaces and Public Transport to Prevent and Control the Spread of COVID-19.
The Safety Seal program is an inter-agency effort among the DILG, Department of Health, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, and Department of Labor and Employment. Such initiative is part of the government’s efforts to stop the surge of COVID-19 and assure the people that the said establishment is safe.