NMIS orients 2021 MEIP recipients
Local government units from San Miguel, Iloilo, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental and Cauayan City, Isabela participated in the recent National Meat Inspection Service- Social Preparation Orientation Workshop (SPOW) for Meat Establishment Improvement Program (MEIP) recipients held this December 3-4, 2020 via Zoom.
The MEIP provides technical and financial assistance to LGUs in upgrading their slaughter facilities to “AA” accreditation standards. The MEIP is a 50:50 cost sharing scheme; the LGUs source 50% of the project cost from their General Appropriations Act while the NMIS contributes the other 50% from its Meat Inspection Development Trust Fund.
In his introductory message, NMIS Executive Director Dr. Reildrin G. Morales highlighted that the orientation was done so that public and animal health will be ensured during the operations of slaughterhouses (SLHs). He also mentioned that its significance lies on the fact that MEIP recipients will not only be able to serve their locality but also other localities as well since there is a scarcity of SLHs especially in rural areas.
Dr. Mae Nimfa Cruz, Supervising Meat Control Officer from Meat Standards Development and Consumer Protection Division (MSDCPD) discussed Related Rules and Regulations as basis for LGUs in the SLH Management while Ms. Marilyn Bitong explained License to Operate, GMP and SSOP Requirements.
On the engineering side, Engr. Jonazyl Jumantoc, Engr. Marivic Cruzada, Engr. Jerome Picardo and Mr. Lloyd Sinadjan discussed Slaughterhouse Design Components and Accreditation of Contractor and Fabricators.
A product presentation of suppliers was then held during the second day together with the presentation of Memorandum of Agreement by NMIS Deputy Executive Director Atty. Beata Humilda Obsioma.
MSDCPD Head Dr. Rona Regina Reyes gave her closing remarks to the activity which was organized by her division with the help of Project Management Office and Information Technology Section.