The city government has advised the public to cover their hands with plastic bags or gloves while buying at meat and fish stalls in the markets.
City information officer Richard Ligad said Wednesday morning that the public advisory aims to provide clean products in New and Old Public Market.
He said that they have already informed the management of the market to inform the consumers.
“Para doon sa mga namamalengke, although ang concern ay naibigay na natin sa management ay baka pwedeng magdala na kayo ng plastic na maailalagay sa kamay ninyo kasi may instance na hahawakan ang karne, nagkakaroon ng doubt sa ibang mamimili,” Ligad said.
Ligad said that this is also a respect for some consumers who might have doubts about buying meat or fish products as they are considering the cleanliness of the product.
He also said that it only aims to avoid contamination in line with the move of the government to prevent the possible spread of different viruses such as COVID-19.
“Para hindi lang naman ito magkaroon ng direct na paghawak sa karne, kasi minsan pumipili tayo, hahawakan natin pero hindi naman nabibili. Para doon din ito sa ibang mamimili natin na makakabili sa palengke,” Ligad added.
The city government recently shorten the operation of both public markets from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. in compliance with the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).