THE ANCILLARY Services Unit (ASU) warned street vendors against unhygienic food handling as a city official vowed to impound unsanitary food carts to ensure consumer safety.
ASU head Paul Bermejo said dirty surfaces and unsanitary food carts are subject to confiscation following an increase in the number of street vendors in the city.
He shared his observation about most vendors looking unkempt and not wearing a pair of gloves, especially when handling food.
“Siguro amo ning ipangkarga together with the City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO, didto na ni lukaton sa impounding area nila,” Bermejo said during the Davao City Disaster Radio episode on Jan. 9..
Bermejo also noticed some vendors leaving behind plastics, disposable cups, and barbeque sticks, which often produce a foul smell that can be detrimental to the health of passersby.
“Paghawa nila ilang mga lama-lama sa kalsada, wala gani nila limpyohan, so mahimo nang manimaho na mga kalsada nato ngari sa syudad (The pavement become filthy because they don’t clean after themselves, so our streets would reek as a result),” the official stressed.
However, the ASU pointed out that sidewalk vendors with proper permits from the city know to pick up their trash before heading home for the day.
The official said they closely monitor sidewalk vendors along San Pedro Streets and Ramon Magsaysay, and nearby areas to ensure they follow the guidelines.
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