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The BAFS created a technical working group (TWG) to develop product standards for kangkong (water convolvulus), patola (loofah), sampalok (tamarind) and santol. Except for kangkong, patola and santol, which are native to Asia, santol was naturalized in tropical countries, like the Philippines. All over Southeast-Asia these commodities are economically important and are abundant in our local markets. 

Read more: Kangkong, Patola, Sampalok and Santol: On-The-Road to Product Standardization

BAFS, together with members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on the development of Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Anchovies and Crabs, conducted the nationwide public consultative meetings on the drafts of the PNS for Dried Anchovies, Live Mud or Mangrove Crab and Pasteurized Crab Meat.   The activities aim to present and circulate the draft standards to stakeholders, preferably in the country’s top producing areas, for comments prior to their finalization.

Read more: BAFS gathers stakeholders of Anchovy, Crabs and Crab meat

In line with the promotion of compliance to regulatory requirements among bodies certifying organic products and systems, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), in collaboration with the Philippine Accreditation Bureau of the Department of Trade and Industry, conducted an orientation entitled "Orientation on ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and DA Accreditation Guidelines for Organic Certifying Bodies" last Friday, August 8, 2014 at the BAFS Conference Room, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.


Baguio City - The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) held a capability building workshop for the Organic Agriculture Validation Team last August 12 to 15, 2014 participated in by focal persons from the regional field offices and related agencies. It aimed at providing overview on the Philippine National Standards for Organic Agriculture, Organic Aquaculture, and Organic Fertilizer, updates on the BAFS regulatory services; and to capacitate them for the validation activities for organic agriculture.

Read more: Capability Building Workshop for Organic Agriculture Validation Team

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Health (DOH) are currently in the process of finalizing the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RA 10611 or also known as the Food Safety Act of 2013.

The Act provides the legal framework for strengthening the food safety regulation in the country and provides the principles for developing and implementing regulations for safe food. It also delineates the mandates of government agencies involved in food safety and provides the coordinating mechanism and programs for the implementation of these mandates.

Read more: Finalization of Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RA 10611 (Food Safety Act of 2013)