The Bacolod City Council passed a resolution requesting the City Health Office and the Permits and Licensing Division through the City Mayor’s Office to conduct an inspection of all water refilling businesses in the city.
According to the resolution, there were various complaints over the handling of purified drinking water, particularly purified water being sold in the markets, and those placed in a gallon container, which have been reported to have improper/defective packaging and seal.
There were also reports of the continued use of old containers that are dilapidated and considered over-used.
There were concerns of the proliferation of new purified water refilling businesses within in the city, thereby requiring a monitoring measure to ascertain their legitimacy and compliance with the laws and any other rules and regulation set forth by the government.
Water is life thus, it is essential for everybody’s health, and that drinking contaminated water is harmful to one’s body, and might result to illness and other water-borne diseases.
This certain unwarranted handling of purified water business that is vital for public health deserved to be checked and looked into by the local health body as well as monitored of their permit and license compliance, thereby properly coming up with appropriate action or measure for the health and safety of public/ water consumers.
The treatment of water to render it safe for drinking and the disinfection of contaminated water sources together with their distribution systems shall be in accordance with procedures prescribed by the Department of Health.
Section 15 of the Philippine Constitution states the state shall protect and promote the right to health of the people and instill health consciousness among them.
The Code of Sanitation of the Philippines prescribed the standards and procedures for drinking water and their bacteriological and chemical examinations together with the evaluation of results and shall conform to the criteria set by the National Drinking Water Standards.