MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – What was supposed to be a routine photo op for the Office of the Vice President (OVP) is turning out into a nightmare for Leni Robredo.
Last week, the OVP distributed servings of cooked spaghetti to needy families in San Mateo, Rizal province. Robredo herself posted the photos of the event which she says was part of her ‘Angat Buhay’ progam (Life Upliftment).
But alas, OVP PR handlers overlooked one very important thing: food safety. There are existing health regulations and guidelines to ensure that feeding programs and food distribution operations would not be a threat to the safety of recipients.
Photos posted by Robredo showed a masked person with a black hood, face mask, face shield and gloves handing servings of spaghetti — sans proper packing and similar precautions for possible food contamination. Rather, the servings were handed out in what appeared to be the recipients’ own plates and containers. Where the spaghetti was contained in the first place wasn’t clear from the photos. Some netizens speculated the food was placed in huge steel drums. Others suspect OVP staff had the spaghetti in big , open calderos exposed to heat and other natural elements.
The Department of Health (DOH) will conduct an investigation on Monday to determine whether OVP committed food safety regulations and unduly put the health of the recipients in grave danger.
This is a developing story.