The agencies directly involved in the establishment operation of water refilling stations are as follows:
Above all, The Department of Health. Department of Health is the main
agency / agencies responsible for protecting the health of the people.
The Sanitation Code of the Philippines mandates the Department of Health
in protecting drinking water quality.
Secondly, The Center for Health Development is the regional branch of
Department of Health . Its main function is to provide technical assistance
to local government units and to monitor Department of Health
programme implementation which includes water quality and sanitation
Thirdly, The Local Government Units (LGUs) are mandated by Presidential
Decree (PD 856) to issue sanitary permit,
sanitary clearance, health certificates, certificate of potability, drinking
water site clearance and closure order (if necessary) and to conduct
sanitary inspection of WRS.
lastly, The Water Quality Association of the Philippines Inc.
(WQAP) is an organization of private firms who are engaged in the
manufacture, sale, and distribution of water refilling station equipment
and supplies, as well as water treatment and purification equipment and
technology for household, institutional, commercial and industrial
However, About 85 percent of its 250 members operates water refilling stations.
Association of Water Refilling Entrepreneurs (AWARE) concentrates on resolving business management issues of its members.
Presidential Decree No. 856 (PD 856) or the Sanitation Code of the
Philippines is the main law requiring all establishments to comply with
existing sanitary standards to protect public health. Also, Guidelines for
operating a water refilling station are indicated in the Supplemental
Implementing Rules and Regulations on Water Supply of PD 856 issued in
Water quality monitoring
Further, Source water and product water are subject to regular monitoring by the local health office.
For this reason, Only DOH – accredited laboratories are allowed to conduct water testing and analysis. The frequency of monitoring is as follows:
Firstly, Bacteriological quality – at least monthly
Second, Physical quality – at least every six (6) months
Third, Chemical quality – at least every six (6) months
Lastly, Biological quality – at least once a year.