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Leonardia to businesses: Secure Safety Seal certification

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Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the creation of the Bacolod Safety Seal Committee (BSSC) to ensure that businesses adhere to health and safety protocols.

“(This is) with the end view of protecting the public from Covid-19 and assure them of the compliance of business establishments to minimum public health standards,” Leonardia said in his Executive Order No. (EO) 37.

The directive adopts the Safety Seal Certification Program under Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) 21-01 of the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Tourism, and Department of Health. (https://bit.ly/3xOX3a5)

The BSSC shall consist of Business Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos as chairperson, with members from the City Mayor’s Office, Bacolod City Police Office, City Health Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Public Information Office, Local Economic Investment Promotions Office, and Management Information Technology and Computer Services.

The Safety Seal Certification Program covers wet markets, retail stores, restaurants outside hotels/resorts, fast food, eateries, coffee shops, banks, money changers, pawnshops, remittance centers, car wash, and laundry service centers.

Also included are art galleries, libraries, museums, zoos, sports centers, tutorial, testing, and review centers, gyms, spas, cinemas, arcades, and all other private establishments.

The BSSC will recommend to the city mayor or his duly authorized representative the establishments, offices or public places eligible for the issuance of the Safety Seal.

It will also handle complaints from the public on non-compliance with the minimum public health standards and the use of the Stay Safe application by establishments and businesses granted the Safety Seal.