CHO told to inspect food businesses

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014


THE City Council of Bacolod has passed a resolution requesting the City Health Office through Mayor Monico Puentevella to conduct sanitary inspection of all food establishments, stalls and food carts in the City of Bacolod.

The inspection will ensure proper food handling, and food safety and sanitation practices, and that these food businesses have the necessary business and sanitary permits, said the resolution authored by Councilor Em Ang.

Section 14 (a) of Presidential Decree No. 856 provides that, no person or entity shall operate a food establishment for public patronage without securing a permit from the local health office. The term "food establishment" as used in this chapter means an establishment where food or drinks are manufactured, processed, stored, sold or served.

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Bacolod City is known for its diverse, unique and delectable cuisine served in numerous restaurants and food establishments, that has become an attraction for tourists and visitors, the resolution said.

However, complaints regarding some food establishments with contaminated food and without the required sanitary and other permits have been brought to the attention of the Business Permits and Licensing Office.

Thus, there is a need to ensure that food businesses in the city adhere to food safety and sanitation practices and that food handlers possess the required health cards, the resolution added.

Meanwhile, the SP of Bacolod also passed a resolution authored by Ang, urging the Central Negros Electric Cooperative, telecommunication companies and other utility firms to check low-lying wires and cables hanging in main roads and streets in the city.

These firms are also urged to conduct repair and maintain electric posts, cables, wires to ensure public safety.

The onset of typhoon season increases the risk of electrocution, accidents and other safety hazards when poorly installed, hanging, sagging open electrical cables and wires are soaked in water when raining, especially when there is flooding, the resolution said.

It added that it is the responsibility of utility companies to conduct maintenance and repair of all posts, cables, and other installations to ensure the safety of the public and to provide better service to the consumers.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 13, 2014.

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