Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DTI-5 partners with EU-funded food safety project
By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 22 (PNA)--- The Department of Trade and Industry Bicol regional office has collaborated with the European Union (EU)-funded Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) Project 3 to provide technical knowledge on food safety laws and standards among the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and government employees serving the food and drug sectors of the region.

The TRTA Project 3 organized the “Training and Workshop on Food Safety and Regulation for Region 5 in partnership with the Department of Health–Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA), DTI Bureau of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Over 30 food micro-entrepreneurs attended the recent three-day training to get information in obtaining the FDA-issued licenses to Operate and Certificates of Product Registration as a step towards enhancing marketability of their products.

Other participants were from the government sector, which included the sanitary inspectors of the local government units and the account officers on food of the DTI-Bicol.

DTI-5 Regional Director Jocelyn L.B. Blanco stressed the need for local food enterprises to shape up and meet the challenges that the ASEAN integration brings by achieving increased competitiveness in terms of compliance with the Food Safety Law of 2013.

Resource speakers from the BFAR, TRTA 3, GS1 Philippines and the Small Business Corp. covered relevant topics, including the rules and regulations for the country’s fisheries sector, the benefits of applying the value chain framework and traceability, the importance of the bar coding system and the financing packages that are available for MSMEs.

The training is seen to increase the number of FDA- and BFAR-licensed enterprises throughout Region 5.

The DTI encouraged the participants to acquire the necessary FDA licenses as these will serve as their entry tickets to trade fairs which will give them access to bigger markets. (PNA) LAP/BNB/FGS/CBD