OATH TAKING CEREMONY OF NEWLY HIRED MEAT INSPECTORS
Newly hired Meat Inspector (MI) III employees of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) took oath on July 1, 2021 via Zoom.
Dr. Jocelyn A. Salvador, OIC-Executive Director of NMIS, administered the oath at the Meat Inspection Board (MIB) room of the NMIS. Also present at the MIB room are Atty. Beata Humilda O. Obsioma, Deputy Executive Director for Administration and Finance, and Engr. Erwin A. Ruiz, Supervising Administrative Officer.
For the opening message, Dr. Orlando C. Ongsotto, Deputy Executive Director for Field Operations, who attended the ceremony via Zoom, commended the newly hired MIs “for being able to hurdle the selection process.” He added that the main challenge of the job is that the MIs might be assigned to regions away from their families and homes.
JAPAN’S RECOGNITION OF THE PHILIPPINES AS A COUNTRY WITH CONFIRMED HACCP CERTIFIED MEAT ESTABLISHMENTS
The Philippines was confirmed and included by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW) in its list of certified countries that reliably take Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) based hygiene management on May 26, 2021. Under Japan’s Food Sanitation Law, only meat manufactured with HACCP-based hygiene management can be imported into their country.
The Philippines has been exporting chicken meat to Japan, but as a result of this new recognition, we are now eligible to export beef, carabeef, pork, chevon, mutton, and their by-products to Japan. The MHLW has also notified its quarantine stations for the acceptance of the health certificates of the different meat commodities.
NMIS’S OWN VERSION OF COMMUNITY PANTRY
A community pantry containing different vegetables was set up in front of the Laboratory Division of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) on May 10, 2021.
According to Dr. January M. Nones, head of the Laboratory Division, the community pantry will run until supplies last. “It will probably be there within the day only,” she added. The organizers, which is the Laboratory Division, said that this is their way of sharing their blessings with the NMIS family.
The community pantry, inspired by the popular community pantries set up all over the country, contains vegetables such as tomatoes, sayote, string beans, eggplants, pumpkins, okra, bitter gourds, and radishes. This vegetable community pantry was put together by the utility staff of NMIS. They started letting people get vegetables from the community pantry at 2 in the afternoon. Utility and security personnel and drivers were the first ones to be accommodated, followed by the rest of the NMIS employees who reported onsite that day.