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NMIS Conducts Mindanao – Wide Public Consultation in Davao

More than 100 NMIS’ meat industry stakeholders and partner – Local Government Units (LGUs) from Regions IX (Zamboanga), XI (Davao), XII (Soccsksargen), and VIII (CARAGA) participated in the Mindanao – wide public consultation meeting conducted by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) on March 1, 2018 at Ritz Hotel Garden Oasis, Porras St., Barrio Obrero, Davao City.

The purpose of the public consultation is to involve the LRMEs or LGU/Private operated Meat Establishments, and NMIS Accredited Meat Establishments of Mindanao areas in improving the NMIS’ draft rules and guidelines by contributing their inputs or comments and views.

In the said event, four (4) NMIS draft regulations particularly on the following: (a) implementation of Meat Safety Quality Assurance (MSQA) Levels I and II, (b) evaluation and classification of “A” meat establishment and issuance of License to Operate, (c) implementation of “No License to Operate, No Inspection” Policy, and (d) disposition of meat subjected to regulatory action were presented for comment and suggestions of the Locally Registered Meat Establishments (LRMEs) or LGU/Private operated Meat Establishments in the morning and NMIS Accredited Meat Establishments in the afternoon.

Ms. Neilda Aquino of NMIS Accreditation and Registration Division (ARD) talked on the draft rules and guidelines on the implementation of MSQA Levels I and II while Dr. Yvette O. Soller of the ARD discussed the draft rules and guidelines on the evaluation and classification of “A” meat establishment and issuance of License to Operate (LTO). Ms. Shiela B. Endrina of the NMIS Meat Standards Development and Consumer Protection Division (MSDCPD) also presented the draft rules and guidelines on the implementation of “No License to Operate, No Inspection” Policy and the rules and procedures on the disposition of meat subjected to regulatory action, by reading them lines by lines.

After the presentation of the four draft regulations, Dr. April B. Chavez, also from the ARD, presented the inputs on the draft regulations that were gathered from the participants during the whole day public consultation.

As an additional activity, Dr. Clarita M. Sangcal presented various NMIS approved guidelines in relation to the issuance of LTO.

Dr. Sangcal gave the closing remarks for the activity. She assured the participants that all their inputs will be definitely considered by NMIS. She also provided the participants an advance information that as per NMIS Executive Director Ernesto S. Gonzales’ directive, the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) will be applied to LRME or “A” meat establishments and the Hazard Analysis Control Point (HACCP) will be implemented by “AA” meat establishments.

At present, only NMIS licensed “AA” meat establishments are mandated to comply with GMP while HACCP is implemented only by NMIS licensed “AAA” meat establishments.

The ARD, headed by Dr. Sangcal, spearheaded the conduct of the public consultation. Shiela B. Endrina – Information Officer II