DepEd warns 200 public schools with unsanitary canteens in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 June 2013 16:21

The Department of Education (DepEd) has warned over 200 public elementary and high schools found operating canteens or food stores in their campuses without any Health or Sanitary Permit.

Division of City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad said this absence of sanitary permits will aggravate the food situation in governments schools with a recent DepEd order that bans the sale of food outside school premises or along streets bordering school campuses.

Natividad said these unsanitary school canteens provide food for sale for the some 188,000 elementary and high school students who will be flocking to schools in the city’s 98 barangays on Monday.

The Sanitation Code of the Philippines provides that :“No person or entity shall operate a food establishment for public patronage without securing a permit from the local health office.

“The term ‘food establishment’ as used… means an establishment where food or drinks are manufactured, processed, stored, sold, or served.”

The law also provides that “No person shall be employed in any food establishment without a health certificate issued by the local health authority.”

Natividad said these provisions applies to school canteens that are sometimes the exclusive source of food and snacks of pupils and students in government schools.

There are even reports that some school administrators ban pupils from bringing their own “baons” to force them to patronize school canteen.

Natividad said he asked the city health office to check all school canteens in this city by the end of last year and found out that almost all of the schools were illegally operating unsanitary canteens.

Of the 171 public elementary schools, only three; Mercedes Central School, Sinunuc Elementary School and Culianan Elementary School were found to be properly provided with permits from the city health office.

None of the city’s 34 high schools were found with health permits for their respective school canteens.

He said school administrators must coordinate with the city health office to secure the proper health permits, or the division office will close these canteens.

School canteens also serve as income generating units of public schools. — LS