PROTOCOL–CONSCIOUS. Even with a simple photo-op, social distancing is observed by (L-R) city business license and permit division chief Joseph Garcia, Mayor Edwin Santiago, SM North Luzon 4 regional operations manager Andrea Madlangbayan, and SM City Pampanga mall manager Aaron Montenegro. Photo courtesy of CSFP–CIO
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – SM City Pampanga has earned high approval from Mayor Edwin “EdSa” Santiago for the mall’s strict compliance with the health and safety protocols set by the city government.
“Sa ating ginawang inspection, nakita natin na compliant ang SM City Pampanga at ang mga tenants sa ating minimum health standards na nakapaloob sa ating executive order tungkol sa mga alituntunin sa kalusugan at kaligtasan,” the mayor said after conducting an inspection of the mall Wednesday.
He particularly cited the mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield, installation of foot baths and sanitizers and temperature check upon entry, and the observance of physical distancing while inside the mall premises.
Apart from the effective implementation of the protocols, SM City Pampanga also provides personal protective equipment to its personnel to ensure their safety while rendering services to mall goers.
Under the SM Cares corporate social responsibility program, the mall continuously donates goods and materials to several public and private institutions to support their Covid-19 response efforts.
Santiago was accompanied by city business license and permit division chief Joseph Garcia, SM Pampanga mall manager Aaron Montenegro and SM Supermalls North Luzon 4 regional operations manager Andrea Madlangbayan as he visited several shops in the mall.
Elated over Santiago’s approval of SM City Pampanga’s implementation of health standards, Montenegro said: “We make sure that we execute the protocols 100 percent as provided in the guidelines of the city government, the [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases], and the [Department of Trade and Industry].”
This, even as he disclosed that some 85 percent of the mall’s actual number of tenants have resumed active operations, and more stores are set to open in the coming months. Among the newly opened stores at the mall are Pacsafe Smart Travel Gear and Lacoste Shoes.
Montenegro said this was a good indication that the usual operations and food traffic are slowly coming back.
Aside from its strict adherence to health protocols to help in controlling the spread of the coronavirus disease, SM City Pampanga was also hailed by Santiago for helping the city government “regain the economic capacity” of the city.
Enthused the mayor: “Sa gitna ng pandemiya, sinusubukan natin ang lahat ng paraan upang maibalik ang ekonomiya. Ang ilan sa mga paraan ay ang muling pagbubukas ng mga establisyimento na siya namang magbibigay kabuhayan sa mga Fernandino at makakatulong sa economic activity ng siyudad at isa na ang SM Supermalls sa mga tumutulong dito.” With CSFP-CIO
*All photos courtesy of CSFP-CIO