Food establishments must serve purified water

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Saturday, August 30, 2014


WATER districts in Western Visayas are facing troubles and conflicts on their operations. With such scenario, there is a doubt as to whether water coming out of the faucets of residences and establishments are still potable. For sure it is good for the toilet bowl, lavatory and laundry, but to attempt to drink it is another point to ponder.

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City Health and Provincial Health Offices have never thought of requiring or obliging food and beverage establishments – from hotels, resorts, restaurants, carinderia to sidewalk eateries – to serve purified water to all their customers.

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It is so horrible to imagine that classy restaurants and more decent eateries would dare to gamble serving deep-well water and water utility water to satisfy the thirst of their customers. Today the five-gallon water costs only P20 or P4 per gallon of four liters. That means it is one peso and twenty five centavos per liter. How shameful for any decent food establishment that would dare serve deep well or Baciwa water. This is greed already.

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Two years back I had a sad experience with a chicken restaurant. When I brought my family to taste their style of inasal of course I asked for service water. That is how kuripot I am. The waiter answered that the restaurant is selling water in bottles. I was so angered and I called the supervisor to ask why. The head waiter was my former staff in a hotel I used to manage. He was so embarrassed.

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I had to insist politely and just dared the resto – “Give us service water or I’ll just cancel my orders.” The resto opened a bottled water and gave it to us for free. You see how crazy the management is. Yes, true. The resto closed its doors because we were probably too many who hated their greedy style. Calling the City Health Office on this. Hoping you could act on this right away.

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This column greets Maricar Dabao, Board Member Patrick Lacson, Francis Velez, Vice Governor Bong Lacson, and Mia Montalvo.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 30, 2014.

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