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NMIS Commits to Support DA Food Production and Poverty Alleviation Program

In a bid to support the Department of Agriculture’s Food Production and Poverty Alleviation Program, the NMIS committed to allocate seed fund for the construction of a new meat establishment or rehabilitation of existing ones to select LGUs that belong to ten of the poorest provinces in the country. In an agreement recently signed between the NMIS and 15 LGUs, a seed fund of three million pesos for each of the LGU will be allocated for the construction or rehabilitation of meat establishment within their localities provided they comply with the requirements set by the NMIS. The agreement also stipulates that the fund support will be utilized to enable them to conform to the standards and the requirements on meat safety and meat hygiene. As a counterpart, the LGUs will provide the lot where the meat establishment will be erected. It is mandatory under the agreement that the LGUs will apply for the issuance of License to Operate to ensure that all meat to be produced in the meat establishment are safe and wholesome.

The NMIS, through the Small Scale Meat Establishment Project, will also address the lack of accredited slaughterhouses in their areas. This project further addresses the potential of the areas to become self-sufficient through food production and livelihood programs

An orientation was also recently conducted to prepare the LGU recipients to become familiar on the mechanics and requirements in setting up a small-scale meat establishment. They were also provided with a standard slaughterhouse design with emphasis on structural, electrical, equipment components as well as the scope of sanitary plumbing. They were also taught with the basic requirements of Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures. Lastly, they were oriented on their roles and responsibilities in slaughterhouse management and operations.

In a speech delivered during the orientation, NMIS Executive Director Ernesto S. Gonzales underscored his full support to the project. He further said that the NMIS will fulfill its responsibilities in ensuring meat safety at the national level while the LGUs must do theirs at the local level.

The LGU recipients were: Casiguran, Sorsogon; Linamon, Lanao del Norte; Malasique Pangasinan; Sta Fe, Nueva Viscaya; Benito Soliven, Isabela; General Tinio, Nueva Ecija; Candelaria, Zambales; Rizal, Laguna; Dolores, Eastern Samar, Baras, Rizal; San Miguel Catanduanes; Alfonso Lista, Ifugao; Sikatuna, Bohol; Dumalinao, Zamboanga del Sur and General McArthur, Eastern Samar. Roberta L. Riguer