Zambo Task Force Safe Water created PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 June 2016 11:52

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar has formally created Task Force on Safe Water to ensure the quality and safety of water in the city and other sources of contaminations.

Formalized through Executive Order BC 181-2016, the task force is composed of the City Mayor’s Office as chairperson with members coming from the offices of the City Health, General Services, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and City Planning and Development Coordinator, Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, USAID-Be Secure, Zamboanga City medical Center, Zamboanga City Water District and the Association of Barangay Councils.

The task force’s powers and functions include monitoring of water quality; recommend emergency response, activities and logistics; take active participation in all efforts concerning water quality protection and rehabilitation and to coordinate with other government agencies and civil society and the concerned sectors in the implementation of measures to prevent and control water and food contamination.

The creation of the task force came as a result of the increasing number of diarrhea cases admitted in different hospitals in the city from March 28 to present that resulted to the declaration of gastroenteritis outbreak in Zamboanga last April 25.

Climaco-Salazar said there is an urgent need and compelling reason to immediately address the situation as the number of cases continues to rise and rapidly spread to other barangays.

The Local Government Code, according to the mayor, mandates every local government unit to promote the health and safety as well as to preserve the comfort and convenience of their inhabitants.

The source of gastroenteritis can be derived from contaminated water and food which, however, can be eliminated or contained by introducing new policies and procedures to ensure the safe drinking of water as well as by implementing programs, projects and activities to safeguard and ensure the practice of proper hygiene and sanitation in food preparation.

The chief executive is empowered to carry out such emergency measures as maybe necessary during and in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters and calamities. — Sheila Covarrubias