The Department of Trade and Industry is processing 600 applications of establishments securing a safety seal, a good housekeeping seal to ensure the business establishment is following minimum health protocols.
DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said they have approved over 150 applications since it was rolled out early this year.
But not all applications for Safety Seal are automatically approved as the DTI has to do a physical inspection to ensure the store complies with minimum health protocols, which include proper ventilation.
Lopez said, “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).”
Establishments covered by DTI are groceries, supermarkets, membership shopping clubs, convenience stores, construction supply and hardware stores, logistics service providers, barbershops and salons, and service and repair shops.