Ambulant food vendors now required to secure health cards

AN ORDINANCE requiring all ambulant vendors in Bacolod City to secure health cards from the Bacolod City Health Office (CHO) was approved by the City Council on third and final reading last Wednesday.

Authored by Councilor Em Ang, chairperson of committee health, the ordinance provides that ambulant vendors will be required to submit for medical examination at the CHO for the purpose of securing a health card.

The ordinance stated that the expenses for medical expenses will be shouldered by the ambulant food vendors.

All indigent ambulant food vendors and members of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps are exempted from payment of medical examination fees, it further stated.

Ang said ambulant food vendors applying for health cards must submit to the CHO a village certificate and certificate of indigency issued by the village captain attesting that the applicant is indigent and resident of the village.

Ambulant food vendors found to be violating the ordinance will be administratively fined with P300 or one day of community service to be rendered in the village where they are conducting business for first offense; P500 or two days community service for second offense; and P1,000 or five days of community service for the third and succeeding offenses

Ang said no ambulant vendor should sell food for public patronage without securing a health card from the CHO, and they should only use disposable utensils.
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