COCA-COLA Beverages Philippines, Inc.'s (CCBPI’s) San Fernando manufacturing plant along MacArthur Highway in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga received on September 6, 2021 its Safety Seal from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government and uses or integrates its contact tracing with StaySafe.ph.
StaySafe.PH is the country’s official health condition reporting, contact tracing and social distancing system authorized by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the National Task Force Against Covid-19.
The DOLE issues the Safety Seal for the manufacturing, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage and waste management) information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehouses.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said businesses bearing the safety seal assure that they are practicing the minimum health protocols, such as social distancing and the use of StaySafe.PH application, among others.
Bello said the safety seal initiative is vital in the national goal of safely reopening the economy.
“With the safety seal certification program in place, we are assuring the public, especially our workers, that they are safe and protected outside their homes, even if we allow our economy to fully reopen,” he said.
Labor Assistant Secretary and Bureau of Working Conditions Director Ma. Teresita Cucueco added that the safety seal will also boost worker’s confidence in the safety at their workplace.
“If their companies comply with the minimum public health standards, protocols, and other requirements of the safety seal, workers would be more confident to say that ‘yes, our workplace is safe and when I go to work, I will be assured that my risk to acquire COVID will be very low,” she said.
To ensure strict and continual compliance to health protocols, the certification will only be valid for six months from the date of its issuance—except for tourism establishments whose certifications are valid for a year—and have to be renewed a month before expiration.
Meanwhile, CCBPI said that with its manufacturing plants certified safety, it will continue to boost its commitment to its "people first" advocacy.
"CCBPI will continue prioritizing its People First approach – ensuring that heightened safety and sanitation standards are institutionalized across the organization, for the welfare of its associates and communities nationwide," CCBPI stated. (JTD)