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Business owners in Manila urged to accept e-health permits

Honey Lacuna
Mayor Honey Lacuna appeals to establishments to accept e-health permits from their workers. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna is urging business establishment owners in Manila to begin accepting e-health permits.

She noted that while many establishments are already accepting e-permits, there are some who still refuse.

“While tanggap na sa karamihan ng agencies or establishments, meron pa ring mga ahensiya na di pa ho talaga open sa e-permit or e-OR (official receipt). ‘Yan na nga sana dapat ngayon kasi mas napapadali natin ang transaksyon natin, nagiging business friendly po tayo diyan,” the mayor said.

Lacuna said the applicants for e-health permits have already begun obtaining the said document since January, as this is a requirement for those working in the city’s various establishments.

According to Lacuna, those who need to get health certificates may first go to the GoManila app and schedule an appointment before going to Rasac to apply, as it is where the temporary health facilities of the city’s public health laboratory are situated.

The applicant, she said, has to being a 1×1 format picture and his own sample of stool (thumb-sized only); fill out a drug test form and present a valid ID with picture.

Lacuna explained that the ‘white’ or ‘green’ cards are for food handlers, those working in restaurants, vendors and non-food handlers while the pink cards are individuals working in the field of entertainment and spa, among others.

The requirements are chest x-ray in any DOH-accredited facility be it private or public; drug testing and stool and urine samples. For pink cards, the additional requirements are RPR which is for sexually-transmitted diseases / and Gram stain.

Lacuna said that applicants will then have to make sure that they have undergone picture-taking and biometrics before going home.

From there, she said one has to wait for two to three working days to receive a text message on the result. Once the text is received, one has to for two days after which he may download or print his e-health permit via the GoManila app.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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