REGIONAL-NEWS

DILG-7 gets Safety Seal Certification

July 9, 2021

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-7 is now a safety seal-certified establishment—the first government office in Cebu City—following the recent inspection and conferment of the certification.

DILG-7 Director Leocadio Trovela said the certification serves as recognition that the office abides by the minimum public health standards.

“This is the start of the massive inspection of the thousands of government offices like barangay halls, national government agencies, and other public establishments by our DILG teams. This is not an easy task,” Trovela said during the recent conferment activity. ?

The Safety Seal certificate is granted to offices or establishments that has complied with all the Safety Seal Certification Checklist stipulated in the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01 of DILG, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Health, Department of Tourism, and Department of Trade and Industry.

Trovela and LGCDD Chief Maria Thelya Oporto received the Safety Seal Certification from the DILG Cebu City Team headed by its chairman, Cebu City Director Atty. Ian Kenneth Lucero and its members Cebu City Police Office City Director PCOL Josefino Ligan and Bureau of Fire Protection Cebu City Director F/CINSP Josephus Alburo who was represented by FINSP Asraf Grar.

During the short program, Atty. Gerlyn Sayson, regional focal person, gave a short rationale of the Safety Seal Certification Program of the government.

Sayson said that Safety Seal Certification program aims to increase the compliance of private and public establishments to the strict implementation of public health standards and increase consumer confidence as the country reopens the economy.

Aside from DILG 7 Regional Office, other establishments granted with Safety Seal certifications are Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway by Cebu Link Joint Venture, The Marketplace Robinsons Galleria, Bruno’s Barbers - SM City Cebu, and Bai Hotel Cebu.

At present, the DILG teams are coordinating with their counterparts in the PNP and BFP to set the schedule of evaluation of establishments while some LGUs have issued Executive Orders creating LGU inspection and certification teams and some LGUs have formulated strategies on the inspection of establishments in highly urbanized cities.