DA, LGUs ink deal to improve slaughterhouses as thrust on food safety and quality

October 23, 2015 5:55 am 

By Filane Mikee Z. Cervantes

MANILA, Oct. 22 (PNA) — The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the Meat Establishment Improvement Program along with five local government unit (LGU) recipients on Thursday as part of the Meat Safety Consciousness Week celebration.

Under the MOA, the LGUs shall endeavor to improve their meat establishments to comply with national standards through an incentive called Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP).

In compliance to Section 12 of Republic Act 9296 otherwise known as Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines, the MEIP is designed to aid the LGUs in improving, rehabilitating, or renovating their existing slaughterhouses and poultry dressing plants to comply with the class “AA” requirements under the NMIS accreditation system, which in turn makes operation and maintenance viable.

Improvement of meat establishments ensures support to government’s thrust on food security, food safety and quality.

The incentive is a 50-50 cost sharing scheme wherein the National Government shall allocate funds equivalent to the funds available from LGUs.

The five recipient municipalities of the MEIP for 2016 include Pozzorubio, Pangasinan under Mayor Artemio Q. Chan; Pudtol, Apayao under Mayor Batara P. Laoat; Maasin, Leyte under Mayor Maloney L. Samaco; San Roque, Northern Samar under Mayor Don L. Abalon; and Banga, South Cotabato under Albert D. Palencia.

Each of the five LGU recipients will receive a grant of PhP5 million from NMIS; in turn, an equivalent amount of PhP5 million will be provided by each LGU in fulfillment of the 50-50 cost sharing scheme.

Signing for NMIS was Executive Director Minda S. Manantan, while signing for the recipients side were Mayor Laoat and Mayor Abalon.

The signing was witnessed by DA Assistant Secretary for Livestock Davinio P. Catbagan and DA Undersecretary for Livestock Jose C. Reano.

To avail of the MEIP, LGUs can submit their application, project proposal and other related requirements at the NMIS Regional Office which has jurisdiction over the proponent.

The Agriculture Secretary is in charge of approving the final recipients of the program while the NMIS is designated in providing technical assistance from the preparation of the project proposal to the final completion of the project.

The MOA signing ceremony is part of NMIS’ 43rd Anniversary and the 23rd Meat Safety Consciousness Week which runs from Oct. 19 to 23 under the theme “Karne at Pagkain Ligtas, Magkasama sa Iisang Landas” at the Meat Inspection Training and Development Center along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City. (PNA)



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