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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, October 12, 2017
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Ang assures food safety

Bacolod City Councilor and MassKara Festival Action Officer EmAng assured that drives to ensure the safety of visiting tourists during the 3-week celebration of this year's festival are ongoing.

Ang saidTuesday that they are conducting food safety inspections and security monitoring of the festivities and announced that there was zero incident in the first 10 days of the celebration.

She said sanitary inspections are also being conducted on all kiosks who sell food like chicken inasal and other kinds of street food during the festival events and activities.

Provincial Veterinarian Dr. RenanteDecena earlier reminded the food sellers and tourists to be aware of the food being sold as some of the meat might have not undergone meat inspection and proper meat slaughtering or dressing in the various slaughterhouses and dressing plants in Negros Occidental.

Decena said some of the food sellers, especially those who sell chicken inasal, do not obey this local ordinance on slaughtering and proper handling of poultry and other meat products.

Ang said they have coordinated with the City Health Office to conduct inspection on the various kiosks, especially in the festival sites in the city, including the ones in the Bacolod City Public Plaza.

“We are very thankful that as the events for the festival are happening, there were no incidents so far,” she said, stressing on the big event last weekend at the New Government Center that was attended by thousands of people.

She added that this zero-incident rate will continue until the end of the festival on October 22.

Ang also reminded the visitors, including Bacoleños and Negrenses, to be mindful and cautious especially when going into the festival venues and events.

“They should be mindful, cautious, and keep their valuables close them and not unattended,” while going into the events she said, adding “Go in groups when doing such activities and also drink moderately.”

If there are incidents or complaints they want to report, Ang said there are various hotlines published and help desks in the festival sites in the city. * MLG


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