Malacañang on Saturday called on local government units (LGUs) to take a more active role in helping prevent food poisoning incidents in the provinces.
Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said LGUs should coordinate with the Department of Health (DOH).
“Hopefully, all LGUs that have incidents like this will be more receptive to DOH and will take the necessary action to prevent incidents of this nature from recurring,” Valte said in an interview aired on dzRB radio.
On Friday, at least 172 students were hospitalized after eating ice candies and cupcakes given by a foundation.
Thousands of children and adults have been downed by food poisoning in the past weeks. The worst case involved almost 2,000 people who fell ill after eating durian candy in Caraga.
Valte said the DOH is closely monitoring reports of food poisoning and is working with the local government units involved.
Valte said the rising incidents of food poisoning prompted one LGU to consider granting identification cards to ambulant vendors, especially those who sell outside schools.