Ensuring the health and safety of the public is the top priority of the provincial government in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic as some businesses reopen during the General Community Quarantine in Cavite. On June 24, 2020, the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) participated in the initial joint monitoring of establishments on their compliance with the mandatory minimum requirements for operations of restaurants and some hair salons/barbershops, pursuant to Memorandum Circular No.20-28 & 37, which sets the minimum health protocols for salon and dine-in services of restaurants.
Together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Cavite, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Provincial Health Office (PHO), and the Business Procressing and Licensing Office (BPLO) of LGU-Dasmariñas City, PTCAO took part in conducting the post-audit monitoring of 27 tenants in SM City Dasmariñas. The monitoring team was welcomed by mall manager, Ms. Edith Tayco and DTI-Cavite OIC-PD Reveleyn Cortez.
According to Ms. Tayco, around 40 food establishments have reopened recently—which they regularly monitor if set health protocols are being strictly-observed for the safety of both employees and customers. Likewise, the mall management expressed appreciation to the team for the helpful suggestions on how to further improve the mall services, hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic will soon end to give way to the economy.
An electronic questionnaire on safety protocols answerable by a Yes or No was utilized by the team as they inspect each establishment. Among those safety protocols being checked include use of health declaration form/checklist, thermal scanner, alcohol, foot bath, 1-meter social distancing, display of safety signages, proper queuing, sanitation and ventilation.
The monitoring team targets to visit all malls in Cavite and other stand-alone establishments. DTI has set the next schedule on June 26, 2020 at SM City Bacoor. — (PTCAO)