6 Kia dealerships in Visayas, Mindanao to resume operations on May 4

Strict health and safety protocols will be observed at all times
by Sharleen Banzon | May 3, 2020
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As parts of the country transition to less restrictive quarantine measures against COVID-19, Kia Philippines has announced that six of its dealerships in Visayas and Mindanao will resume operations on May 4, 2020.

Following are the reopening Kia dealerships and their respective operating hours from Mondays to Saturdays:

  1. Kia Dumaguete (8am to 5pm)
  2. Kia Leyte (8am to 5pm)
  3. Kia General Santos (8am to 5pm)
  4. Kia Cagayan de Oro (9am to 4pm)
  5. Kia Iligan (9am to 4pm)
  6. Kia Butuan (9am to 5pm)

“Kia Philippines completely supports our national government’s effort to stop the spread of the virus with the extension of the enhanced community quarantine at critical locations until May 15, and with other areas placed under general community quarantine after April 30,” said company president Manny Aligada, who stressed that the brand’s local dealer network will comply with government-prescribed safety and health protocols “to adhere to the ‘new normal’ of conducting business and person-to-person interaction.”

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The Ayala-owned local subsidiary of the Korean carmaker has come up with Post-ECQ Dealer Preparation Guidelines detailing the areas and items that must be cleaned, and how this should be carried out specifically. In addition, a 9-Step Guide to Facility Preparation covers disinfection and sanitation requirements, the posting of proper markings to ensure physical distancing of about two meters, the installation of sanitizing and hand-washing stations, and the proper ventilation of all areas within a dealership.

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The company has also provided a 9-Step Guide for Employee Preparation, which will ensure the health of employees through the administration of COVID-19 rapid tests every two weeks, the provision of transport to and from work, mandatory thermal scans, and a ‘no mask, no entry’ policy. These measures will be overseen by a dealer health and safety representative. Flexible working hours, a shifting or skeletal workforce, and staggered break times will be implemented to control the number of employees in the workplace.

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For customers wanting to visit the dealership either to purchase a vehicle or have one serviced, appointments must be set in advance, again to avoid a large number of people in the facility. Face masks must be worn and physical distancing must be observed at all times. Test drives will also be allowed, with all test units to be fully sanitized inside and out after each use. For those having vehicles serviced, the carmaker says there could be delays in the release of units as dealerships prioritize health and safety in its operations.

Do these guidelines and protocols make you feel safe enough to visit dealerships when quarantine is lifted? What other health measures would you like to see in place?

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