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Summit for Strengthening of Meat Inspection System held for Luzon Veterinarians blinking-NEW

The National Meat Inspection Service conducted a three-day summit for city and provincial veterinarians from Luzon, held at Timberland Sports and Nature Club, San Mateo, Rizal on November 6-8.

The purpose of the event was for it to become the platform in fortifying the collaboration between the NMIS and the LGUs in terms of strengthening the Local Meat Inspection System (LMIS).

NMIS Executive Director in his message emphasized that developing the LMIS is the number one priority of NMIS now and that the progress in the conduct of meat inspection is significant in order to achieve the goal of providing safe meat to every Filipino. He assured the attendees that the NMIS will always be at their back, supporting and empowering them.

The first day session began with discussion about In-Plant Line Inspection System presented by Dr. Edna Y. Gray, POSMD Head which was followed by the discussion of Re-entry Action Plan on Expert and Prompt Response using Event-based Surveillance (ExPRESS) by Dr. Ma Elaine Joy C. Villareal, also from POSMD.

Dr. Rolando Marquez, head of Enforcement ended the first day by discussing Enforcement Guidelines and Highlights of Enforcement Activities.

 

There were various topics discussed during the second day such as the Presentation of DA Administrative Order No. 21 series 2010 or Guidelines for the Implementation of Meat Inspection Service by the Local Government Units” and LMIS Assessment Status of Submission and Evaluation by Dr. January M. Nones.

 

The Presentation of Best Practices in NMIS-LGU Partnerships for the LMIS was discussed by three Regional Technical Operation Centers from Luzon. The presenters were Dr. Eduardo R. Oblena, Acting Director II of RTOC III, Dr. Fernando N. Lontoc, Acting Director II of RTOC IV-A and Dr. Alex Templonuevo, OIC of RTOC V.

 

An open forum was held to respond to the inquiries by the participants before proceeding with the next topic which was Delineation of Functions between NMIS and Provincial/City Veterinary Office and Presentation on the Local Ordinance Template by NMIS Deputy Executive Director Atty. Beata Humilda Obsioma.


Concluding the second-day session were workshops for participants wherein they were divided into five groups and were given individual and group activities.


The last day of the summit was allotted for the workshop presentation of each group and also finalization of agreement between NMIS and LGU.


The event was organized by the NMIS- Meat Standards Development and Consumer Protection Division headed by Dr. January M. Nones and supported by NMIS- Planning and Information Management Division led by Dr. Easter F. Oblena.


It was attended by a total of 48 participants from Regions of Luzon such as Region 1 delegates from Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan, Region 2 representative from Cagayan and Region 3 participants from Bulacan, Tarlac and Zambales.


There were also Region IV-A participants from Cavite, Batangas and Rizal, Region IV-B representatives from Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Palawan and Region V attendees from Albay, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon.


Completing the delegates were city veterinarians from National Capital Region: Las Piñas, Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Manila City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Taguig City and Valenzuela City.

 

Pierre Jordan M. Escobar

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