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Reach out to LGUs,” Executive Director Tells NMIS Enforcement Group 

Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales, NMIS executive director, enticed the focal persons of the enforcement group to talk to people outside of NMIS. In a taped message played before the delegates of the Meat Standard Development and Consumer Protection Division’s and Enforcement Group’s Performance Commitment Workshop held recently at the central office, Dr. Gonzales emphasized that the NMIS focal persons should go out and reach out to the local government units and explore ways on how to improve meat inspection system at the local level.

“The NMIS’s role is clear and simple, and that is to ensure meat safety,” the executive director said. “As the national regulatory agency, we should help the LGUs improve their local meat inspection system,” he further said. “We have to understand that with the right approach, we would be able to convince them to give focus on providing safe meat for their constituents.” Dr. Gonzales added. He also mentioned that “as a regulatory agency, the NMIS does not compromise in enforcing meat safety regulations.”

The workshop was participated in by the assistant directors who upon the directive of the executive director were to act as the focal persons for the NMIS enforcement program. One of the activities of the workshop is the deployment of the participants to different markets to conduct surveillance activities. This is activity was intended make the participants get acquainted with enforcement activities and apply these when they get back to their respective regions.

The participants were also given actual scenario that are often encountered while doing enforcement activities. They were tasked to find resolution to the given scenario and present them in a form of mock- up play. The executive director and select regional directors from NCR, Region V and Region II acted as critiques and provided inputs on how to improve the solutions presented.

The workshop ended with the participants committing to bring home their learnings and apply them in the regions. Roberta L. Riguer

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