For students’ welfare, protection: Vendors off limits near schools PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 May 2016 11:56

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

 

The City Government will closely coordinate with the Department of Education, Department of Health and the Zamboanga City Police Office to ensure food safety in schools by regulating ambulant vendors selling food to students outside or near school grounds.

OIC City Administrator and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Dr. Elmeir Apolinario said the city through CDRRMO and the City Health office will join efforts with the concerned agencies to regulate street vendors who sell food outside school premises.

Apolinario said numerous incidents have happened in the past not only in the city but in other parts of the country as well, when school children fell ill due to the sale of unsafe food near school premises.

To avoid such incidents, the CDRRMO said aggressive measures have to be undertaken to prohibit ambulant vendors near schools.

Under the General Welfare Act, the local government is empowered to undertake steps to protect the interest and welfare of the constituents. These steps may include measures to regulate street food sale including ambulant vending.

The issue about ambulant vendors was one of the topics tackled during a stakeholders meeting in preparation for the opening of schools presided by Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde and Apolinario Monday afternoon. — Sheila Covarrubias