A partylist lawmaker on Tuesday, February 23, urged local government units and the police to keep a tight watch on fastfood restaurants and food delivery service personnel who are in violation of the minimum health requirements provided by law during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin aired the appeal after being shown photographs of food delivery riders waiting for orders infront of the main entrance of a popular fastfood chain located in a Quezon City commercial center.
The riders were without masksm
“Merchants such as Jollibee and Mcdo should implement minimum health requirements within or near the premises of their stores. It is incumbent upon them to make sure that everybody is safe,” said Garbin.
He also called on food delivery service providers such as Food Panda and Grab Food to make sure that their delivery riders are strictly observing the health protocols imposed by government.
“If we cannot even expect merchants or delivery personnel from employing the minimum health standards, how can we be sure that the food they deliver is safe?” stated Garbin.
The photographs shown to Garbin were taken on several occasions at the Daily Supermarket commercial compound in Project 4, Quezon City.
The photographer recalled that he usually calls the attention of the duty manager and security guards of the fastfood chain and the commercial complex each time he chances upon delivery riders wearing no masks.