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Inspection of Cebu City establishments to begin next week in preparation for Asean Summit

Cebu City (18 October) -- Two teams from the Cebu City Health Office and the Office of the Building Official (OBO) will start inspecting establishments in Cebu City starting next week in compliance with sanitary and building measures as part of the city government's preparations for the coming 12th Asean Summit.

Nagiel Banacia, the city's public information officer bared that establishments to be inspected include the hotels, restaurants, karaoke bars and other nightspots.

Environmental sanitation is very important as the teams will check on the general housekeeping and the different establishments' water system of which a sample will be taken to the laboratory to ensure that the water is safe, according to Banacia.

The OBO on the other hand, will examine each building whether this is equipped with the necessary fire escape, the needed elevators and escalators for some establishments among others, Banacia said.

"Cleanliness is very basic and we are doing this as part of the city's preparations for the Asean Summit as we want the guests to be comfortable during their stay here in Cebu City," Banacia claimed.

Tourism Usec. Phineas Alburo disclosed that there are 37 hotels and resorts ranked from de luxe, 1st class to triple-A standards in the cities of Cebu and Lapulapu where the delegates are billeted.

Alburo said their office has sent validation teams to inspect the respective hotels and resorts where the delegates will be staying to determine whether these establishments have the necessary amenities on par with the standards of their classification.

In case the report of the teams that conducted the inspection showed deficiencies of any establishment, they will be given time to correct these deficiencies or else they will be drop from the roster of hotels and resorts included for the accommodation of the summit delegates, Alburo stressed.

Establishments that are remiss of the needed measures under the sanitary and building guidelines are given notices to comply while failure to do so after a given time means their sanitary and building permits are subject to revocation, Banacia warned.

Banacia said all the establishments that have complied with the sanitary and building measures will be given a certificate of inspection while these establishments will be included in the list of establishments recommended for the delegates printed in the media guidebook. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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