In another testament of the city government’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dumaguete City was recognized for ranking 3rd among the independent component cities/component cities with the highest number of Safety Seals issued to registered establishments within its jurisdiction in the entire Central Visayas Region by the Department of Interior and Local Government.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla, representing Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, received the award from DILG Regional Director Leocadio Trovela with Negros Oriental Provincial Director Farah Diba Gentuya and CLGOO Anson Baroro during the 2022 Regional POC and ADAC Performance Audit and Safety Seal Awarding Ceremony held in Cebu City yesterday.
This in recognition to the efforts of the teams led by Dr. Talla and Councilor Rey Lyndon Lawas (Deputy Mayor for Public Safety) during the height of COVID-19 pandemic to thoroughly inspect business establishments, schools and institutions for the granting of Safety Seals, which contributed to the significant decline of cases and the subsequent downgrading to Alert Level 1 status for Dumaguete City allowing the local economy to reopen safely and hasten recovery.
It should be noted that Mayor Remollo, Chairperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, issued Executive Order No. 9 that enjoins all business establishments to be inspected and evaluated if they have complied with the minimum public health standards set by the government to control the spread of COVID-19.
An establishment with a Safety Seal is proof of its compliance to the minimum public health standards set by the government and used or integrated its digital contact tracing with application as well as increase consumer confidence to safely reopen the economy.
This is in accordance to the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2021-053, the Committee will inspect the establishments to ascertain if the complied to the required minimum public health standards such as availability of thermal scanners, health declaration sheets, QR Codes for, isolation area for identified symptomatic employees, BHERTs and other COVID-19 emergency hotlines are displayed in conspicuous area, handwashing stations with soap, sanitizers and hand drying equipment, installed physical barriers, personnel-in-charge for monitoring and maintaining of social distancing, windows for adequate air exchange, compliance to the disinfection protocol, conduct of regular cleaning and disinfection of establishment, constant wearing of face masks, presence of designated safety officer and storage facility for proper collection of infectious wastes.