La Trinidad, Benguet– The municipal government’s monitoring task force disclosed that majority of the small and big establishments operating in the municipality are compliant to the prevailing health and safety protocols being enforced to prevent the rapid spread of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the locality.
Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan, chairman of the municipal monitoring task force, in an interview over RPN-DZBS 1368 Baguio, stated that for businesses located along major roads in the municipality, most of them have already complied with the established health and safety protocols following the strict implementation of the same by both the national and local inter-agency task forces for the management of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
However, Awingan claimed that for small businesses located in the barangays, their compliance to the prevailing health and safety protocols was quite low from the start of the monitoring constantly done since the implementation of the Luzonwide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
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He said the common violations of business establishments is the absence of alcohol for the use of their employees and customers because big businesses allow the purchase of limited number of alcohol but efforts are being done by government agencies and the local government to ensure the steady supply of alcohol and other sanitizers in the municipality.
The vice mayor claimed that owners of business establishments understand why implementation of the health and safety protocols are strictly implemented that is why majority of them are now compliant to the same, particularly the imposition of the mandatory wearing of face masks inside the businesses, the observance of physical distancing among their customers, the observance of basic hygiene practices among other basic health protocols that should be enforced at all times.
According to him, members of the municipal monitoring task force are grateful to the owners of small and big business establishments for their cooperation to the health and safety protocols being implemented by the national and local governments because they recognize that protecting the health and safety of the people is the primordial concern to ensure that they will not be exposed to the elements that might cause them to contract the virus and eventually transmit the same to their close contacts.
Vice Mayor Awingan called on small and big businesses in the different barangays that have not yet voluntarily complied with the established health and safety protocols in their operations to start doing so and not to wait for the municipal monitoring task force to make the rounds and remind them of their deficiencies.
He asserted that residents should heed the constant appeal of health authorities and local officials for them to stay at home when they have nothing important to do outside their homes and for them to go out only for their essential needs because the enemy is really vicious that might compromise the health condition of the people exposed to the virus carriers.
Awingan said that the members of the municipal monitoring task force will continue to inspect the operation of the different businesses in the barangays to constantly remind them of their compliance to the basic health and safety protocols at all times for the safety of their employees and clients.
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