The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 12 (DA-RFO 12) has conducted a Focus Group Discussion (FGD) on the Validation and Impact Evaluation of Standards and Codes of Practice developed by BAFS last September 6-9, 2016 held at the Sarangani Highland Garden in General Santos City, South Cotabato.

Envisioning to achieve a sufficient supply of safe and quality agricultural products in the country, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Offices (DA-RFOs) initiate efforts towards establishment of Regional Good Animal Husbandry Practices Team (RGhT). Generally, the aim of RGhT is to increase the level of adherence or compliance to GAHP at the farm level. Specifically, RGhT intends to extend technical assistance to farmers towards compliance of applicants to GAHP certification. This effort is being made in line with strengthening of GAHP program and Food Safety Act of 2013.

Training of APTC Personnel on Safe Food Handling and on Grading and Classification is a collaborative project of ATI- HVCDP – AMAS – BAFS. This training aims to enhance understanding of APTC personnel on the relationship of food handling with food safety, and increase their capacity in carrying out their assigned tasks. It also intends to increase the capability of APTC personnel and selected members of farmer-groups in grading and classifying fruits and vegetables according to the provisions of the adopted Philippine National Standards (PNS).

Guided by the objective of developing a guideline document on Principles and Guidelines on Good Regulatory Practices, a training-workshop on Good Regulatory Practice (GRP) led by the DTI-National Competitiveness Council (DTI-NCC) was held last 15-17 August 2016 at Century Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga. The training-workshop was participated by the Technical Working Group (TWG) members from various DA Regulatory Agencies which was created to establish the Principles and Guidelines on Good Regulatory Practice.