Sanitation standards in an ordinance studied

A city ordinance crafted in 1999 prescribing sanitation standards in construction sites, transient entertain sites, circuses, carnivals, and similar business activities in the city, underwent updating from offices concerned, as to a status report last week.

Letters were sent to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO), City Engineering Office (CEO), Health Services Office (HSO), Permits and Licensing Office (PLD), and all Punong Barangays for action.

As to the ordinance, sanitation standards includes all hygienic and healthy measures prescribed by the Baguio Health Department, all hospitals and existing laws and ordinances. Disposal thus is the responsibility of the builder/contractor/developer, the ordinance states. This applies to trade fairs and exhibits, sports affairs, exhibitions, jamborees and the like, or where commercial and residential constructions/projects are located and being done.

The penalty for violating provisions of the ordinance is P5,000 or imprisonment or both, in addition to measures prescribed by the Baguio Health Department (BHD), now the Health Services Office (HSO), by public or private hospitals or existing laws or ordinances.

Last week, as to reports from the CEO, employees should be provided by contractors with portable toilets during the duration of the projects, with excavation permits secured at the CEO and strictly implemented specially if the affected area is within city and barangay roads, and properties.

Organizers for transient entertainment shows should provide portable toilets for each gender and persons with disability. With 1,000 expected persons in attendance, there should be 10 water closets for female patrons, two water closets and eight urinals for male patrons and one for disabled persons. Hand wash facility should also be provided for every water closet, and a facility per five urinals. This holds true for construction sites.

Litter bins or refuse collection points should be established around the activity area and disposed of responsibly by the event organizer/contractor.

As for traffic concerns, event organizers should identify parking areas, coordinate with traffic authorities, install signages, provide personnel for traffic management and seek city council approval for temporary road closures.

For other occasions, loud sounds, lighting, ventilation, should also be considered.

The ordinance is supplemental to the Rules and Regulations Implementing Presidential Decree 1096 known as the National Building Code of the Philippines  -juliegfianza