DTI processing 600 safety seal applications

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By Philippine News Agency

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is processing 600 applications of establishments securing a safety seal, a good housekeeping seal to ensure that the business establishment is following minimum health protocols.

In a Laging Handa briefing on Friday, DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said the agency has approved more than 150 safety seal applications since it was rolled out early this year.

He added that not all applications for Safety Seal are automatically approved as the DTI has to do a physical inspection to ensure that the store complies with the minimum health protocols, which include proper ventilation in the establishment.

“We have about 105 applications that were disapproved. But that does not mean they will never get the Safety Seal. They just have to comply (with the standards),” Lopez said in mixed English and Filipino.

In the joint memorandum circular implementing the guidelines on safety seal certification program, establishments that are covered by DTI are groceries, supermarkets, membership shopping clubs, convenience stores, construction supply and hardware stores, outlets of logistics service providers, barbershops and salons, and service and repair shops.

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