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DTI Reminds Companies Reopening may Need Health Declaration

Some companies may require health declaration amid COVID-19 said DTI – continues liquor ban.

Some companies are planning to reopen and resume operations starting May 1 despite the continuous spread of COVID-19. Though the Department of Industry (DTI) is pushing more business establishments to reopen, the government department has a reminder to these businesses.

“Some would require their employees or workers to have the testing first, some are not,” said Ramon Lopez, Trade Secretary. “Ang importante doon (the important thing is), they have to make sure that only the healthy workers will be allowed inside,” Lopez said in an interview with The Source, stressing how the government is prioritizing the testing for suspected or probable COVID-19 patients,” Lopez added.

Lopez said on Tuesday, April 28, that he recommends that more businesses in low and moderate risk to reopen. Concerts and other forms of gatherings will still not be allowed.

With the businesses’ proposal to reopen, Lopez said that he wants to require the private sector to pay for the mass testing of its employees. “Some are making arrangements. Some are covering for their expenses, some will charge it to PhilHealth. Depende sa coverage noong mga health insurance nila (it depends on the companies’ health insurance coverage),” Lopez told The Source in his interview.

Some reopening companies may also require to hand over health history forms of its workers, added Lopez. “That will now be a new norm practice moving forward— filling up certain forms, whether nakatabi ng (came in contact with) COVID positive, or there are some exposure, or if they’re not feeling well,” Lopez said. 

Meanwhile, DTI turned down requests of the alcohol beverage industry and automotive dealers. “This is mainly due to the urgent need to limit the movement of people to stop the spread of Covid-19, which is the essence of having the ECQ. Thus, if ever there would be exemptions, it must be limited to these very essential products that people cannot live without,” Lopez said in his response to the Philippine Automotive Dealers Association (PADA).

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