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UTILITY COMPANY, SOLAR PRODUCT DISTRIBUTOR IN RIZAL ACQUIRE THEIR FIRST SAFETY SEAL

 

Meralco-Masinag Business Center (Meralco-Masinag) and APRICUS Solar Products OPC (APRICUS) gets “green check” after they receive their first Safety Seal Certification from DOLE-Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE Rizal) on March 3, 2022.

As the local businesses resume its operations amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the safety of the customers engaging in their establishments is a must thing do. That’s why many establishments are applying for the Safety Seal Certification.

Under DOLE-DOH-DILG-DOT-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular no. 21-01, the Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification program that validates the compliance of an establishment with the minimum public health standards imposed by the government. The program also checks if the establishment is using a contact tracing application with StaySafe.ph.

On the same memorandum, the Department of Labor and Employment is mandated to issue the Safety Seal for construction sites, warehouses, utilities (e.g. electric, water, gas, air conditioning, sewerage and waste management). DOLE also grants certification to information and communication companies (e.g. private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies).

Being a frontline center of their company, Meralco-Masinag continues to cater service applications, complaints, concerns and bills payment in their branch. As the quarantine restrictions eases, most of their customers opt to transact personally. Meralco Business Center (Cainta-Antipolo-Masinag) Head Engr. Winston A. Delos Reyes believes that acquiring the safety seal could ease the safety woes of their customers and even their employees.

“Kailangan natin ‘yan (safety seal) with our business. Ngayong pandemic, we should follow the IATF rules, ‘Yung [safety] seal na ‘yan would signify for our customers that we follow protocols, that we give them due health protocols para hindi sila maapektuhan,” Delos Reyes said.

Rizal Senior Labor and Employment Officer Francis Gabriel O. Olalia commends the company’s health and safety protocol practice despite the changes of quarantine restrictions imposed in the province.

“Mahigpit ‘yung protocol nila against COVID lalo na sa mga employees nila. So, it is a good practice din kagaya ng nanonote ko sa ibang companies, for example, may sarili silang app for their contact tracing, kumpleto rin sila sa facilities sa mga policies atsaka ng mga taong needed para sa implementation ng programs. Maganda ‘yung kanilang practice na… kahit anumang level, well implemented pa rin ang kanilang COVID-19 protocols,” Olalia reiterated.

 


Safety is the Top Priority


Despite the negative impact of the global pandemic to our economy, APRICUS finds ways to thrive.

A start-up company in Taytay, Rizal, APRICUS offers solar energy solutions by providing services like Solar Photovoltaic (Solar PV) installation in residential, businesses, and off-grid areas. They also trade solar-powered products like flood lights and street lights. Their business is continuously growing in-scale. They believe that by having a Safety Seal Certification, their customers as well as their employees’ safety will be reassured.

That’s why Rodel M. Paez, Consultant of APRICUS Solar Products OPC, is grateful to DOLE for granting them the Safety Seal Certification.

“We really appreciate ‘yung mabigyan kami ng Safety Seal. At least kahit papaano palagay na ‘yung loob namin hindi lang kami na nasa kumpanya, pati na rin siyempre ‘yung mga taong makakakita,” Paez expressed.

DOLE-Rizal awarded the Safety Seal Certification to each company, separately. Senior Labor and Employment Officer, Francis Gabriel O. Olalia accompanies Rizal Provincial Director, Marivic B. Martinez in granting the Safety Seal to Meralco-Masinag. Senior Labor Employment Officer Gabriel O. Ardivilla turn-overs the Seal to APRICUS with Dir. Martinez.

DOLE-Rizal is still accepting applications for the Safety Seal Certification. For those who are interested, you may visit https://reports.dole.gov.ph/ to place your application.

by:

FLINT OSRIC T. GOROSPE
Community Facilitator


CHARMAINE D. BAISA
LEO III

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