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"Meat inspection system must be given priority" —  Dr. Ernesto S. Gonzales on VisMin Veterinarian Summit 

NMIS Executive Director Dr. Ernesto Gonzales delivered a message during the Summit for Visayas and Mindanao City and Provincial Veterinarians held at Panorama Summit Hotel, Davao City on November 13-15, 2018. In his message, Dr. Gonzales briefly discussed the Meat Inspection Code before he emphasized the purpose of the activity which is strengthening the relationship of NMIS and LGU for ensuring meat safety.

Furthermore, he also focused on motivating the veterinarians by reminding them that their moral obligation is to protect public health so they should need heart and passion to be effective with their jobs.

After delivering his message, the event continued with its first day session which was composed of the discussion of topics such as In-Plant Line Inspection System by Dr. Edna Y. Gray, POSMD Head, Re-entry Action Plan on Expert and Prompt Response using Event-based Surveillance (ExPRESS) by Dr. Ma Elaine Joy C. Villareal, also from POSMD, Enforcement Guidelines by NMIS Legal Consultant Atty. Rosario Alday and lastly, the Highlights of Enforcement Activities by Dr. Rolando Marquez.

On the other hand, The Presentation of Guidelines for the Implementation of Meat Inspection Service by the LGUs and LMIS Assessment Status of Submission and Evaluation by Dr. January M. Nones and The Presentation of Best Practices in NMIS-LGU Partnerships for the LMIS by Dr. Josefina M. Rico, Regional Technical Director of RTOC VII, Dr. Arturo S. de Jesus, Regional Technical Director of RTOC IX and Dr. Angelita E. Barcelona, Acting Director II of RTOC X was discussed during the second day.

 

Moreover, the Delineation of Functions between NMIS and Provincial/City Veterinary Office and Presentation on the Local Ordinance Template was also presented by NMIS Deputy Executive Director Atty. Beata Humilda Obsioma on the second day session.

Just like the Luzon Summit, workshop on the strategic action plan for implementation of LMIS was also conducted wherein the participants were divided into five groups to work on different topics.


For group 1, Meat Legislation (Policy Formulation: Ordinance on Establishment of LMIS) and Collection of Fees: Income Generation were given, for Group 2, they worked on Meat Establishment: Construction, Improvement, Rehabilitation and Registration, Licensing and Accreditation: Meat Establishment, Meat Delivery Vehicle, Meat Handlers, Meat Control Officers and Meat Inspector. Meanwhile for Group 3: Meat Establishment Operation: Meat Quality Assurance Program, GHSP, GMP/SSOP and Meat Inspection: In-line Inspection System. For Group 4, they had Capacity Building: Training, Laboratory Services and lastly for Group 5, Post Meat Establishment Control/Enforcement Activities and Consumer Protection and Awareness Activities.


An open-forum was also held to answer the participants’ inquiries and encourage audience engagement.

The attendees of the event were composed of veterinarians from Visayas such as Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Bohol and from Mindanao like Davao Del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Surigao Del Sur, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao Del Norte, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and Compostela Valley.

 

Pierre Jordan M. Escobar

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