The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday said establishments defying health and safety protocols may face revocation of their safety seals and will have their business permit suspended if “repeated violations” will be found amid the threat of the Covid-19.
DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya made this remark after numerous violations of the operational capacity limit and failure to implement the fully vaccinated requirement inside the establishments like restaurants, amusement parks, recreational venues, fitness studios, and gyms, among others.
Malaya said he personally observed establishments disregarding minimum public health standards and other guidelines under the alert level system.
“Many restaurants and indoor establishments are not checking the vaccination status of their customers and are violating the 50 percent operational capacity for indoor establishments and 70 percent operational capacity of outdoor establishments,” Malaya said during a Laging Handa briefing on Wednesday.
“We cannot be complacent at this time. Even if cases are going down and vaccination is going up, we cannot put our guard down. Look at Europe, their vaccination rate is high but they are now undergoing a new surge. Vigilance will prevent another surge,” Malaya said.
The safety seal program is an inter-agency initiative by the DILG, the Department of Health, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Labor and Employment, and the Department of Tourism.
The safety seal should be conspicuously displayed indicating that public and private establishments or buildings are compliant with health protocols against Covid-19.
“For the establishments found not complying these policies may face revocation of their safety seal. If revoked, they will lose additional 10 percent capacity, operational capacity; and there are repeated violations, the DILG itself will recommend the suspension of your business permit,” Malaya warned in Filipino.