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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is reminding business owners to designate “isolation rooms” in their establishments for workers and employees experiencing flu and fever, as part of the guidelines issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

DTI Palawan information officer Persival Narbonita said based on the IATF, establishments should have isolation rooms in case a worker or an employee exceeds the prescribed temperature of 37 degrees Celcius.

“Baka kasi kung paalisin ay mag-collapse pa ‘yan sa labas. Halimbawa kung may symptoms naman siya, ma-trace agad,” he said.

“Ang isolation noon ay habang nag-iisip kung papaano siya tutulungan para ma-monitor siya. Kung kailangang-kailangan siya i-hospitalize, doon sa guidelines, ang establishments ay tatawag para matulungan siyang i-pick up,” Narbonita added.

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To date, Narbonita said their office has already inspected around 29 establishments and most of them are compliant with the minimum health protocols.

Their inspection activities started from June 5 until June 11. They inspected salons, restaurants, bakeries, marine products factories, and others.

“Mga 29 establishments ang naikutan [namin] — may salons, restaurants, bakeries, marine products manufacturing, department stores, and supermarkets. Mostly naman sa mga establishment na napuntahan ay naka-align naman sa minimum health protocols na kailangang-kailangan ngayon sa panahon ng pandemya,” he said.

Narbonita said some establishments are trying to comply with the protocols, but they still need to do more improvements.

Improvement means placing foot baths and posting of visual guides that will remind clients about social distancing.

Narbonita also observed that wearing face masks inside the establishments are starting to become normal to customers.

“Isang maganda pa na practice na nakita namin ay yong ibang tindahan ay meron pa na taong itinatalaga na hahawak ng placard na kung may taong hindi dumidistanya ay lalapitan nila para ipapabasa lang ang plackard,” he said.

He said that the DTI and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) joint monitoring teams are not targeting any specific number of establishments to inspect and will continue to do rounds in the following days.

In municipalities, local government units (LGU) are the ones in charge of inspecting establishments, said Narbonita.

“Nagsi-sectoral kami, may pinasok kaming BPO, may pinapasok kaming mga manufacturing na piggery, may pinapasok kaming namimili ng isda at nagpo-proseso ng isda, by sector tapos sa Monday, another sector na naman. Ang inuuna natin ay yong malalaki na maraming tao,” he said.

The result of inspections will be forwarded to the regional office of DOLE and will be forwarded to the IATF after consolidation.

Establishments that need to enhance their compliance with the health protocol will receive notices from the DTI.

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