DTI rolls-out inspection on health protocols of businesses in Ilocos
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, June 17 (PIA) – – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has rolled-out the inspection on the implementation of the health protocols of all business establishments in the Ilocos region to ensure the safety of the workers and the customers amid Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19) pandemic.
Following the classification of all provinces in Region 1 as under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until June 30, 2020, DTI Region 1 Director Grace F. Baluyan said that there’s a need for all business establishments to comply with the required health protocols to prevent the spread of the COVID–19.
Initially, Director Baluyan led the inspection of barbershops, salons, and restaurants in the business district of San Fernando City, La Union.
“We are monitoring the compliance of these business establishments relative to the guidelines on health protocols, since they are allowed to operate on a limited scale of up to 50 percent. We need to guard these areas in as much that the owners and workers of these establishments need to earn an income, however, we need to safeguard these establishments from the possible infection of COVID–19,” she explained.
Further, baluyan said that DTI is closely working with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the implementation of massive inspection of all business establishments in the region to check on their compliance to the requirements to operate as stated in the joint DTI – DOLE workplace guidelines, as well as other issuances from the regional task forces (RTF) and other agencies.
“We are collaborating with our partner agencies to make sure that our businesses in the region are socially responsible in keeping the safety of their costumers. All businesses need to comply with the guidelines, otherwise, we will recommend them to the RTF and the local government units (LGUs) not to operate,” she said.
She said that all businesses should be sufficiently equipped to comply with the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask, using the thermal scanner in getting body temperature of customers, and the presence of hand sanitation areas.
Under MGCQ guidelines, all barbershops and salons will be allowed to resume operations but only at a half capacity of their venues.
The same rule will apply to dine-in service in food retail establishments such as supermarkets, grocery stores, and food production establishments. (JCR/FGL/PIA-1)