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Stores in Bacolod, Talisay get safety seals from DTI

Metro Bacolod Store area manager Manuel Degamo (front, left) with store manager Victoria Ferolino and their staff with the safety seal from the Department of Trade and Industry*

Bacolodnons and Talisay City residents in Negros Occidental can now have greater peace of mind and confidence to visit and shop at Metro Retail Stores Bacolod and Super Metro Talisay, a press release from the Metro Retail Stores Group Inc. said yesterday.

Both establishments received their safety seals from the Department of Trade and Industry, signifying compliance with the minimum public health standards set by the government in the continuous campaign against the spread of Covid-19.

Parent company MRSGI said in the press release that “this development is its assurance that its branches are ‘safe havens’, as it tirelessly works to prioritize the health and sanitation of its stores to encourage a return to in-store shopping and help the local economies recover from the pandemic.

The Safety Seal attests that Metro Retail branches strictly adhere to social distancing and to wearing of personal protective equipment, use the StaySafe.Ph contact tracing system, and have ample sanitizing stations, on top of other measures to regularly disinfect their premises, the press release said.

In the Visayas region, other MRSGI stores that bear the Safety Seal are Metro Ayala Center Cebu, Metro IT Park, Metro Mandaue, Metro Tacloban, Super Metro Mambaling, Super Metro Carcar, Metro Naga Cebu, Super Metro Colon, Metro Colon, Metro Fresh ‘N Easy Minglanilla, and Metro Atria.

The MRSGI continues to pursue the government’s Safety Seal certification for its stores nationwide in order to encourage its loyal patrons to go out and enjoy once again the pleasures of shopping for essential goods, groceries, hardware, appliances, apparel and other local and international selections, the press release added.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez said yesterday that the government continues to put in place measures that will protect and make the buying public, workers and establishment owners safe, assuring that the country will continue to revitalize and open the economy.

“The safety seal is a way of bringing back consumer and business confidence in the pursuit of continuing to open the economy amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic,” Lopez said during the awarding of the safety seal certificates to several business establishments in Baguio City.

He said people are slowly adapting to changes brought about by Covid-19, allowing them to adjust, make revisions in the physical structure of the business establishments, and install measures that will assure the safety of people.

The idea is that when customers learn that the establishment has a safety seal, they will be enticed because there will be a feeling of safety while inside that store.

He said that some retail stores also post on their establishments that their workers are vaccinated, adding to the safety image of it.

“Our advice is to follow the minimum health protocols. Have a safety seal showing that the store is following the safety protocols because that is the only way we can continue reopening,” Lopez said.

He added the issuance of safety certificates is a continuing activity of the government to revive the country’s economy and give income to workers, who lost their jobs due to the pandemic.*PNA

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