DOH to ensure proper disposal of corpses
MANILA - Malacañang has directed the Department of Health (DOH) to temporarily take over health and sanitation operations of local government units affected by super typhoon "Yolanda" if deemed necessary.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. signed Memorandum Order (MO) No. 61 directing the DOH to "temporarily assume direct supervision and control over health and sanitation operations of LGUs affected by Typhoon Yolanda if deemed necessary, based on an assessment of the needs and in consultation with such LGUs."
It also directed "all other departments, agencies, bureaus, and offices of the Government are hereby ordered to coordinate with and assist the DOH in the implementation" of the order.
It cited the Local Government Code that authorizes the national government to augment the basic services of a local government unit if such services are not available or inadequate to meet the requirements of its constituents.
It also cited Republic Act 7160 that allows the Health Secretary to temporarily assume direct supervision and control of health operations in an LGU "for the duration of the emergency."
The DOH is expected to ensure food and water safety and the proper disposal of corpses as provided under the Code on Sanitation of the Philippines.
Meantime, Ochoa also signed Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 57 directing executive offices and encouraging local government units to mobilize their employees to help in relief and rehabilitation efforts.
"Even before the issuance of MC 57, many government employees already volunteered to assist in the relief efforts. This issuance makes it possible for us to mobilize even more personnel for relief efforts," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said.