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DOH to reach out to water businesses for public safety

The Department of Health (DOH) XI is considering a series of capability-building to water service providers in Davao City to develop a safety plan.

“We have an administrative order from DOH that all drinking water service providers should have a safety training to ensure the safety of the water they are selling and distributing to the community,” Gloria O. Raut, senior health program officer of DOH XI said during the public hearing of the committee on health last Wednesday.

According to Raut, water service providers must present this safety plan prior to the issuance of the permit to operate by the local government unit.

Raut also suggested that the City Health Office should run a Davao City laboratory for water and food testing to help protect the public from food and waterborne diseases.

“This is being done in Marikina City where monitoring of the public market at local establishments is continuing,” Raut said.

CHO sanitary inspector Jino Caingles, meanwhile, said they are willing to build a laboratory but this had to be discussed first with city government officials to determine how they can proceed.

The DOH XI will await the proposal of the CHO before they can provide the budget for the laboratory.

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