That there are 10,000 business establishments all over the country, as reported by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), that failed to comply with health and safety standards to protect their workers from the coronavirus disease 2019 is no joke.
One is already too many as business establishments are by their nature public spaces where multiple transmissions could easily spark. Local chief executives, in fact, have stipulated in executive orders that business establishments found violating health protocols run the risk of a shutdown.
The Dole had not mentioned which safety standards have not been followed. Whether these establishments have been sanctioned or reported to their respective local government units or not, the Dole also did not disclose.
Dole Assistant Secretary Maria Teresita Cucueco, in the House hearing on Sept. 9, said there are 9,943 business establishments that were not able to comply with the health protocols.
“In August, there are 40,943 establishments that were inspected. We have already seen 31,000 establishments that have been complying, with a compliance rate of 75 percent,” Cucueco said.
In late August, the Cebu City Government said it had directed the Business Permit and Licensing Office and other City Hall departments to conduct random inspections. We wonder now what came out of the deployment after the figures that the Dole disclosed during the House hearing. How many of the 10,000 establishments are in Cebu?
It is of best interest to the public to know which establishments in Cebu have been slack in following the safety protocols. We have done excellent strides in reducing transmissions in our part of the country after the strict lockdowns, and reaping the fruits of that, any possibility of a reversion is nothing but appalling. Government has been firm on individuals violating health protocols; it may as well apply the same intensity in sanctioning business establishments that allow their areas to become potential spaces for vast transmissions.