Tourism establishments in the country are encouraged to participate in a “safety seal certification program” to ensure the compliance of these businesses with minimum public health standards, including the adoption and use of the application.

These establishments include hotels, resorts, apartment hotels, and other accredited accommodation, travel and tour services, MICE venues and restaurants inside hotels. 

The joint memorandum circular on the Safety Seal Certification, signed by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), contains the requirements and procedures in securing a Safety Seal and institutionalizes the certification program. 

“While the certification is not mandatory, we appeal to the DOT-accredited establishments to participate in this certification program to strengthen the contact tracing system of the government. More importantly, safety-conscious travelers will always be drawn to products that are certified safe by government bodies,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said. 

In addition, the DOT reminds the public that non-essential travel to and from the National Capital Region (NCR) and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan, collectively known as NCR Plus, is not yet allowed.