Bacolod City, Negros Occidental— Two giant malls in Bacolod City were the first few establishments in Bacolod to receive a Certificate of Safety Seal for their compliance to health and safety regulations imposed by the city and the health bureau against COVID-19.
The SM City Mall located along Reclamation Area was the first establishment to received the safety seal certificate that was officially handed over Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
The mayor was accompanied by Councilor Carl Lopez, Bacold Investment Board executive director George Zulueta, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer-designate Jonah Javier, and consultant Marlon Solidum.
Leonardia said, “This DILG scheme will identify outright what establishments are health protocols compliant and people will be guided accordingly. While this is voluntary, we encourage as many to apply because this is good for business as well as the public who will feel more secured.”
Ayala Malls Capitol Central also receive the same badge along with Jollibee SM branch, Jollibee Lacson branch and McDonald’s Lacson branch.
A total of 72 business establishments applied for the Safety Seal certificate but only 12 passed the validation process.
Those companies which have defects/ deficiencies in their documents, can re-apply until it fully complies with the needed requirements.
For online application, visit the Facebook page of Bacolod Permits.
Those who are awarded with a Safety Seal certificate shall be allowed an additional 10% beyond the prescribed on-site capacity, as per IATF Resolution no. 127-A series of 2021, she added.
The Safety Seal Certification Program (SSCP) is a certification scheme affirming that an establishment or public transportation unit has been inspected by the government and was found compliant with Minimum Public Health Standards (MPHS), is using or its contact tracing is integrated with StaySafe.ph, and the establishment or public transportation unit possesses the requisite business permits or franchise.
The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases adopted StaySafe.ph as the official digital contact tracing application of the government, and the institution of a SSCP to ensure compliance with MPHS especially in business establishments and major public places, in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future surges.