DOH bats swift passage of anti-spitting bill-A A +A
Sunday, September 22, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) expressed strong support for the immediate passage of the Anti-Spitting Act or House Bill 299 saying public health would certainly benefit from it.
Health Secretary Enrique Ona said he believes that banning spitting in public would help promote a healthy environment in the country.
"I agree with it. Okay na okay 'yan. As a matter of law, it is good. It’s a very good public health law," said Ona in an interview.
He said having a law would be better than just settling for local ordinances since the whole country should implement it.
To note, Marikina and Davao are just among the cities in the country that have already banned spitting in public.
Ona said he believes that spitting clearly pose danger to one’s health since it can help in the transmission of viruses and bacteria.
Just like coughing, he said, spitting similarly carries opportunities to spread viruses and bacteria.
"Pag-spit, mapupunta sa ground na may dust. Pag natuyo 'yun at hinangin 'yung dust, kakalat na. When you cough nga dapat magtakip dapat ng bibig e, because you can spread. It’s the same with spitting," said Ona.
Earlier, Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE) Partylist Representative Eulogio Magsaysay had filed House Bill 299. (HDT/Sunnex)