WORKING to preserve the beauty of its pristine spring waters and beaches, the island-province of Camiguin now sharpens its policy on sanitary facilities.
Governor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo recently formed a technical working group to specially look into establishments selling food items or providing accommodations such as hotels, motels, lodging houses, resorts, restaurants, beach cottages, canteens, and kitchenettes.
The team, composed of the Provincial Health Officer, Provincial Sanitary Inspector, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Provincial Engineer and the Provincial Tourism Officer was ordered by the Governor to inspect immediately all target establishments.
Initially, the group has covered almost all operators in Mambajao, where most number of the business establishments is also located.
Provincial Sanitary Inspector Vergelio W. Oyan said that the establishments they have inspected as of press time were all found to be sanitary although he noted that most of the septic tanks checked were old and needs to cleaned or better yet replaced with newer septic tanks, designed to retain and recycle waste water.
Aside from the sewage disposal system, the team also looks into the water supply level, manner of solid waste disposal, as well as on status of the cottages and buildings.
After series of inspection, the local government will formulate and adopt plan and programs that will help maintain safe sanitation in the province.
Being a tourist frequented island, the Governor felt the need to prioritize the protection of seawater from any source of contamination. (Jorie C. Valcorza, PIA 10)