The Department of Health (DOH) said it is working with the Antique provincial government to ensure safe food and drinking water supply for the 60th Palarong Pambansa on Apr 23-29, 2017.
Dr. Elvie Villalobos, DOH-6 Infectious, Environmental and Occupational Health Cluster head, said they coordinated with the host local government unit (LGU) to ensure food handlers and caterers follow the prescribed standards and water sources, safe.
The LGU is in charge of trainings on food and water sanitation. It also monitors how food and beverages are prepared and ensures that all food handlers have health cards.
“We want to prevent untoward adverse effect in terms of food safety for the delegates, the players, and the visitors,” he said.
The DOH plans to bring a filtration machine to Antique to be used in water treatment.
Meanwhile, Villaobos reminded the public of proper food preparation to prevent spoilage and food poisoning.
“Cook the food thoroughly, observe correct temperature. Separate raw food from cooked food. Ensure the meats you consume are from slaughterhouse. Refrigerate your food,” Villalobos said.