Leading Calamba City retailer gets IATF safety nod

CALAMBA CITY, Jun 3 (PIA) -Officials from the local government and regional line agencies are looking forward to a more robust local economy after the biggest local retailer here received its Safety Seal certification from the Inter Agency Task Force last June 1, Tuesday. 

Representatives from the city government led by Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco joined Department of Trade and Industry IV-A Director Marilou Toledo, Department of Interior and Local Government IV-A Director Ariel Iglesia, Department of Labor and Employment IV-A Director Exequiel Ronie de Guzman,and  Department of Tourism IV-A Chief Tourism Operations Officer Maritess Castro graced the event recognize the city's very first Safety Seal certification, which was given to SM City Calamba. 

“Napakahalaga ng voluntary Safety Seal certification program na ito para sa mga establishment na sumunod sa mga minimum health protocol. This Safety certification seal will be their way to inform the public na pag pumasok kayo sa establishment na ito, we assure you of your health and safety,” Toledo said. 

[This Safety Seal certification program is very important for establishments that follow minimum health protocols. This Safety certification seal will be their way to inform the public that when they enter this establishment, we assure you of your health and safety.] 

DTI’s Safety Seal was a welcome development for the city government, who expressed its support for the program that aims to reopen its local economy that relies not only in its robust manufacturing industry, but also the big retailers that found their homes here. 

“One way of adapting is this Safety Seal Check. This program of our government is to bring back confidence. The government has to give some balance as we open our economies. Striking a balance at this time, but this safety check is also one way to tell people ‘it’s okay. We are taking care of you,” Chipeco said as he expressed his gratitude to the government agencies who gave the biggest retailer in the city their seal of approval. 

As part of their implementation of the DOLE-DOH-DILG-DOT-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 Series of 2021, the Safety Seal Certification Program aims to help safely reopen the economy by assuring consumers that the establishments they patronize are following the minimum public health standards set by the government. 

Furthermore, it will encourage establishments and the public to adopt the StaySafe.ph digital contact tracing application to strengthen the contact tracing initiative of the government and effectively contain the spread of COVID-19. 

The Safety Seal is valid for six (6) months from the date of issuance, which is renewable subject to continued compliance with the eligibility requirements. (PB) 

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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