CAGAYAN de Oro City–The City Council committee on health and health insurance chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane during its recent meeting tackled the proposed ordinance institutionalizing the “Clean As You Go” practice in food serving establishments in the city.
Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, author of the proposed legislation, cited observations that Filipinos when dining in food serving establishments especially in fast food restaurants just leave the tables messy and expect the crew to clean up everything.
Clean As You Go or CLAYGO is a practice commonly observed in some fast food chains and other public places abroad to minimize risks to hygiene, health, and safety by ensuring that surfaces, tables and/or other equipment are clean, hygienic, and clutter-free. This encourages diners to make cleaning a part of their daily routine.
During the meeting, a representative of Councilor Nacaya said the proposed ordinance is very timely since the world is now facing a pandemic.
He said Councilor Nacaya and his staff already applied CLAYGO even before COVID-19.
A representative of one of the establishments in the city said they were planning this even before Covid. However, she said they were hesitant because the Filipino culture is to serve the customer as much as he/she can.
“Kung sugdan namo basin naa mga hesitations from our customers and that would also mean nga dili na nuon sila moadto, mokaon sa among restaurant,” she said.
She expressed gladness that the proposed ordinance will be passed as it would not be hard for them for customers to follow.
Another representative of food chain lauded the initiative of Councilor Nacaya as he emphasized the need for everyone to do their share and to become a responsible citizen. He said it could also help prevent spread of the virus.
Gaane said she is supporting the proposed law. However, she said she is concerned about the proper segregation of waste disposal.
“Dili ta magsalig nga ‘clean as you go’, dapat naa’y proper segregation sa waste kay magproblema na sad ang city,” she stressed.
Gaane said the public should know and identify proper disposal of biodegradable, non-biodegradable, recyclable wastes.
As this developed, the committee referred the matter to the City Legal Office for legal opinion. (SP/JBDacer)