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Bacolod City Council creates drinking water body

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The Bacolod City Council recently approved an ordinance establishing the Bacolod Drinking Water Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee on first reading.

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang, said the City Council deems it appropriate to pass this ordinance to protect the health of the consuming public of drinking water from water-refilling stations and other water sources in the city while complying with a national government directive.

The committee will create and implement a Local Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Plan, which will include parameters, sample sites, sample frequency, and action plans for corrective and preventive actions in accordance with the 2017 Philippine National Drinking Water Standards, according to the proposal. (https://bit.ly/3xFiTyZ)

The panel will be composed of the mayor as chairperson, vice mayor as vice chairperson, and members composed of the chairpersons of the Committees on Health and Environment, City Health Officer, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, City Planning and Development Officer, City Engineer, City Agriculturist, City PIO, Baciwa/Primewater manager, and representatives from the Local Health Board, non-government organization (NGO), civil society organizations (CSO), and sanitary inspector.

According to the ordinance, the CHO will serve as the committee’s secretariat, with the sanitary inspector serving as the focal point and head of the secretariat. The mayor will appoint the three NGO or CSO representatives.

The initial implementation of Section 7 under this ordinance will be funded with P300,000 from the General Fund.

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