The Muntinlupa City government has launched the Safety Seal Certification Program to encourage private establishments to comply with the minimum public health standards (MPHS) set by the national government amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Based on Joint Memorandum Circular 21-01 of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, and Department of Trade and Industry, the Muntinlupa City government will issue the Safety Seal to malls, wet markets, other retail stores, restaurants outside hotels/resorts, fast food establishments, eateries, coffee shops, banks, money changers, remittance centers, car wash centers, laundry service centers, art galleries, libraries, museums, zoos, sports centers, tutorials, testing and review centers, gyms, spas, cinemas, arcades, and all other private establishments.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi issued Executive Order No. 17 creating the Inspection and Certification Committee for the Safety Seal Certification Program composed of City Administrator Allan Cachuela, City Health Officer Juancho Bunyi, Disaster Resilience and Management head Erwin Alfonso, Muntinlupa Police chief Police Col. Melecio Buslig Jr. and Public Information Officer Tez Navarro.
The Safety Seal assured the public that an establishment is strictly implementing MPHS in its stores and workplaces, such as proper wearing of face shields and face masks, and disinfection. The certification program also requires establishments to use the contact tracing system of StaySafe.ph.
Mayor Fresnedi led the launching of the certification program and a turn-over ceremony of the Safety Seal to Alabang Town Center (ATC) on June 11. The ATC is the first mall in Muntinlupa to receive the Safety Seal after completing all the requirements.
The mayor urged private business owners to apply for the safety certification as it helps assure the public that their establishments are compliant with health protocols and it will be vital for the safe reopening of the economy.
Also present in the ceremony were Rep. Ruffy Biazon, DILG Asec. Francisco Cruz, DILG Muntinlupa director Bing Ferino, Ayala Land Malls Inc. president Christopher Maglanoc, Ayala Land Malls Inc. South Area Head Veronica Arcenas, Ayala Land Inc. VP and head of External Affairs Dindo Fernando, Local Economic and Investment Promotions Officer Gary Llamas, Dr. Bunyi, and Buslig.
Private establishments in Muntinlupa may apply to the program through the city’s website https://www.muntinlupacity.gov.ph. The business owner/authorized representative needs to accomplish the Safety Seal Application Form using either the google form embedded or the downloadable version. For the printed application, a scanned copy should be emailed to [email protected] Upon submission of application, the city government will schedule an inspection of the establishment.
Once assessed as compliant, a digital copy of the Safety Seal will be sent to the establishment. Otherwise, establishments may apply for reassessment after correcting deficiencies and following recommendations by the Issuing Authority. A printed version of the Safety Seal should be displayed conspicuously at all entrance points to the establishment.
The recipient establishment is expected to ensure continuous compliance to the minimum public health standard, including the use of StaySafe.ph. The Safety Seal is valid for six months but may be revoked within that period upon due notice by the city government when violations of the MPHS are committed.
For more information, owners of business establishments in the city may send an email to [email protected].