The sanitation office of the city government admitted on Thursday it has yet to conduct an inspection on the compliance of food stalls located at the Caraenan, Carantan eg Caamabengan along Rizal Avenue.
The food stalls are part of a mile-long section of a night market established by the city government as part of its tourism month celebration that will continue through September.
Fernando Reynoso, chief inspector of the city’s sanitation division, said they lack the manpower to conduct the inspections mainly because the food stalls open only at night when they have no personnel available to conduct monitoring.
“Kami dito sa sanitation office, pag uwian namin, kanya-kanya na lang. Kaya wala talagang nagbabantay doon. Pero pag-uusapan namin ‘yan,” Reynoso said.
He said however that the establishments that handle food in each booth and food stalls have undergone seminars on food handling and their staff have been issued health cards.
“Dumaan naman ‘yan sa seminar at may mga health certificate ‘yung mga nagluluto diyan sa mga kainan sa Caraenan,” said Reynoso.
He added that most of the food in the stalls are being sold in an open area where food may be exposed to contamination.
“Hindi rin talaga tayo sigurado na safe ‘yung mga pagkain dyan o ‘yung mga iniinom nila dyan, kasi hindi rin maiwasan, tabing kalsada, open sa mga sasakyan, sa mga dumi,” he said.
Reynoso added that they have not yet provided any portable toilet facilities in the area and will coordinate with the city engineering office to address the issue.
Reynoso said that they will start monitoring of the establishments next week to ensure public health and safety.