The Code on SANITATION of the Philippines

The Code on SANITATION of the
Presidential Decree No. 856
Code on Sanitation
• Dec 23, 1975
– Promulgation of the Code on Sanitation by President Ferdinand E. Marcos
• Objective:
– Directing public health services towards protection and promotion of the health of the
• 3 people that made an effort to codify our health laws and regulations
Dr. Mariano Icasiano
Dr. Amadeo Cruz – City Health Officer of Manila
Director of Health Services
• List of those with significant contributions in the development of the code
Regional Provincial and City Health Offices
National Environmental Protection Commission
Metropolitan Water and Sewage System
Population Commission
Executive branch of the government: Labor, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Education,
and Finance
– Philippine Public Health Association
– League of Public Health Engineers
– Philippine Society of Sanitary Engineers
Department of Health
Promotion and preservation of health and health standards
Extend maximum health services in rural areas and provide
medical care to people who cannot afford due to poverty
Develop, administer and coordinate health activities and services
Upgrade the standards of medical practice and quality of health
Assist local health agencies in developing public health programs
Issue permits to establish and operate hospitals, clinics, etc.
Prescribe standard rates of fees
Performed other functions provided by law
• The Republic of the Phils recognizes international treaties
agreements and conventions on public health.
• Proceedings and rights commenced and accrued upon the
effectivity of this code should not be affected by its
provisions but those arising after the date of effectivity
should conform to the provisions.
• Power delegated and duty assigned to a public health
officer may be exercised by an agent of the official pursuant
to law.
• Notice, report, statement, or record should be written in
English or Pilipino and sent through postal service.
• No compensation for the owner whose property is officially
condemned or seized by government for the purpose of
public health
• Duty expressly vested in a health officer is the concern of
the superiors of health office (command responsibility)
• Standards for drinking water; bacteriological and chemical
examinations; evaluation of results – conform to the National
Drinking Water Standards
• Treatment of water; disinfection of contaminated water
sources; distribution systems – conform with procedures of
• Sites of water sources; delivery of water to consumers;
operation, plans and specifications of water system; and
certification of potability of drinking water should be approved
by the Secretary of Health.
• Initial and Periodic examination are required for drinking water.
• Examination should be performed only in private and
government laboratories accredited by DOH
• Washing clothes or bathing within a
radius of 25 m from any source of
drinking water.
• Construction of artesians or well within
25 m from any source of pollution.
• Storage of radioactive sources or
materials within a radius of 25 m from
any source of drinking water unless
safely enclosed by proper shielding.
• Physical connection between
distribution system and other water
supply unless reguarly examined and
found to be safe and potable.
• Installation of booster pump direct
from water distribution line.