Is anyone making sure that veggies, fruits, sold publicly are safe?
Is anyone making sure that veggies, fruits, sold publicly are safe? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 11 June 2018 13:45

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do not blaspheme God or curse the ruler of your people…” (Exodus 22:28, the Holy Bible).

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IS ANYONE MAKING SURE THAT VEGGIES OR FRUITS SOLD PUBLICLY ARE SAFE? I have some lingering questions pertaining to things that I see happening in my day-to-day life which I hope can be answered satisfactorily. The first of these questions relate to those who sell supposedly fresh vegetables and fruits, and other food items that are sold in markets, flea markets, or even on roadsides. Is there anyone from government who ensure that these vegetables and fruits and other food items are safe to eat?

Even now, reports that fruits and vegetables that are sold to the public in many parts of the country, particularly in Metro Manila, are actually soaked or are sprinkled with water laced with the chemical used in embalming dead people, to maintain their look of freshness and prevent their immediate withering. Is there anyone making sure that these vegetables, fruits, and other food items are clean and not prejudicial to the public’s health?

I raise the same concern about cooked food sold in canteens or in outlets locally called “karinderya”, or are sold from one place to another using makeshift carts, or are supplied to employees in public or private offices. Are the buyers of these cooked food sure that they are safe to eat? I have the same question to famous fast food chains: do the food they sell pass through real quality control? Those who prepare or cook them, are they free from any infection or illness that could be passed on to their customers?

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WHO IS MAKING SURE THAT VEHICLES FERRYING HUNDREDS OF PASSENGERS ARE TRAVEL-WORTHY? On the other hand, the second question I wanted answered pertains to travel by boats which carry hundreds of passengers. This question surfaced in my mind anew after a boat rammed its sides on a concrete pavement at the Tacloban City port on Thursday, June 07, 2018. I know that accidents of this nature do happen, because I personally experienced one such accident some years back, at the Batangas City Port, on my way to a hearing in a land case at the Oriental Mindoro Regional Trial Court.

Is anyone making sure that these boats ferrying are “seaworthy”, especially during rough weather? Is there anyone competent enough looking into the engines of these boats, or even into the parts of the engines, to make sure that each and every part thereof are working the way they should? Is it not a fact that the boat in Tagbilaran City was allowed to travel even if its “port main engine gear transmission” had a defect that is now being blamed as the cause of the accident that befell it?

I am raising the same question about passenger vehicles plying land routes, especially those which negotiate long distances. Is there anyone looking into those vehicles to make sure that all its parts are in order, and are working perfectly, to assure a safe land trip? Is there anyone looking into the mental and physical fitness of the drivers of those vehicles? Is there any agency of government doing this?

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LACK OF PROMPT RESPONSE IN PANIQUI, TARLAC? The third concern I have involves the highway that connects Paniqui, Tarlac and Camiling, Tarlac, where two or three short bridges are located, and which appear neglected and untended. I am afraid that the problem with these bridges, if not attended to right away, could cause severe vehicle damage, or even more serious accidents involving motorists.

I personally witnessed this lack of proper attention over the problem involving the bridges last Friday, June 08, 2018, as I travelled towards the Camiling, Tarlac Regional Trial Court, Branch 68, to attend two hearings involving land disputes in nearby localities. Twice or thrice, my car crashed on the parts of the highway which connect to the bridges. The crash happened at the areas which were inexplicably left as open canals.

Who has the obligation to make sure that the open canals between the highway and the bridges should have been filled up, at least with soil, or with gravel and sand, to allow the smooth travel of vehicles from the highway to the bridges themselves? Is it the local government of Paniqui, or the Department of Public Works and Highways? Let’s pray the Paniqui government and the DPWH are not waiting for more serious accidents to happen before they act here!

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FOR QUESTIONS, REACTIONS: If anyone would like to ask me any question about what the burning issues of the  day mean, or what we have discussed here, or to consult on any problem, whatever it maybe, please call 0917 984 24 68, or email me at batasmauricio@yahoo.com, or post your concerns at www.facebook.com/attybatas.  Promise, I will answer right away. Thank God in the Name of Jesus, Amen!