MAYOR GORDON: ‘’Mga School Canteens Dapat I-monitor’’
One of the priority health projects of the city under the leadership of Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is the continued implementation of the “Asin Law” in Olongapo. This Asin Law aims to promote the daily use of Iodized Salt in the food that we eat.
‘’Garbage-in, Garbage-out, kung malusog ang kinakain ng mga bata ay malusog rin ang kanilang pag-iisip kaya mahalaga na ang mga nabibiling pagkain sa ‘school canteen’ ay masustansya rin at tama,’’ said Mayor Bong Gordon.
In this regard, Mayor Gordon has directed City Nutritionist Richel Eve Torralba and City Health Officer Arnie Tamayo to monitor school canteens and cafeteria in Olongapo. The monitoring is timely since school opening will officially start on June 15, 2010.
The City Health Office (CHO) will go around the city to visit canteens in different private and public elementary and high schools for close monitoring. CHO will also provide information and health benefits in using Iodized Salt in food.
CHO will also monitor the cleanliness and sanitation of the school canteens where food preparations take place. This is to ensure that what the students buy in school canteens is prepared properly in a clean and orderly place.
Bakeries and local entrepreneurs in the food processing business are also encouraged to use ‘fortified ingredients’ like iodized salt, fortified flour, cooking oil and other ingredients with ‘Sangkap Pinoy’ seal by the the Department of Health (DOH).