Council okays city's Health and Sanitation Code

By Marie Katherine Villalon

The City Council has approved the proposed ordinance enacting the Health and Sanitation Code of 2013 of the City of Iloilo during its regular session last Wednesday.

Councilor Lyndon Acap, author of the proposed ordinance and head of the Committee on Health, Sanitation and Hospital Services of the council, said the code is a compilation of provisions from the Sanitation Code of the Philippines (PD 856), Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (RA 2005), Clean Air Act of 1999 (RA 7160), among other national laws.

"The Local Government Code of 1991 or Republic Act 7160 empowers the local government units to enact ordinances that redound on the general welfare of its people," he said.

“The ordinance will govern the people's actions on all matters related to general hygiene and sanitation," he added.

This "shall strengthen the health and sanitation of the city of Iloilo. Nevertheless, this ordinance also prescribes and set the penalties in case of violation by an individual or any establishment covered therein," he concluded.

Co-authors of the ordinance are Councilors Jason Gonzales and Ely Estante.* (TNT Libre, June 7, 2013)

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