Today’s leftovers are tomorrow’s makeovers.
That seemed to be the kitchen formula that turned out to be catastrophic for 38 members of the Mati City delegation to the 2018 Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet.
Based on the initial report of the City Health Office, the kitchen staff of the Mati City contingent reportedly served leftover food from the previous night for breakfast to the athletes.
The leftovers for breakfast were likewise reportedly served for lunch and then the same cycle for dinner.
The report also said they may have allowed the athletes to drink from water sources not cleared for human consumption.
Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, in a statement, recommended to the Department of Education and the Local Government Unit of Mati to investigate the teachers and the persons in charge of the group.
“This reckless action resulted in the injury of 38 individuals, many of whom were children entrusted by their parents to those who purported to take care of them,” Mayor Duterte-Carpio said in the statement. “This obvious cost cutting on the budget for the meals is tantamount to corruption and should be dealt with severely. Limited resources should not be an excuse for reckless behavior which endangers the lives of people, especially children.”
Timely response by the Davao City Government responded to an emergency on Saturday where 38 members of the Mati City contingent in the DAVRAA 2018 were admitted to the Southern Philippines Medical Center because of stomach pains and loose bowel movement.
Mayor Duterte-Carpio assured all contingents that the Davao City Government as host of the DAVRAA is ready to assist anytime.
“Let us know immediately how we can help them to make their stay comfortable,” she added.
Meantime, the Mati City LGU commended the hosts and its Rescue 911 team for the quick response to the call for assistance.
“Our City of Mati DepEd Division medical team handled the situation well and managed to avert crisis situation. Putting the health and wellbeing of our delegates is a top priority hence decision to confine the victims for observation was made in collaboration with Davao City Health Office to ensure loss of fluids and electrolytes is replenished to prevent dehydration,” an LGU statement posted on the Facebook page of Mayor Carlo Rabat read.
“We are awaiting the official report from the Davao City Health Office to serve as our reference in the conduct of our own fact-finding inquiry to ascertain the cause and culpability of those responsible for the said incident and ensure this does not happen again under our watch in any future undertakings involving food preparation,” the statement read.
Some of the athletes have been cleared to play in their respective events.