Through the initiative of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office I (DA-RFO I) Halal Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG), in collaboration with the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), a Consultation/Briefing Meeting Re: Philippine Halal Promotion Act of 2016 (RA 10817) was conducted on 26 July 2016 at the DA-RFO I Conference Room, San Fernando, La Union.  The event was attended by the DA-RFO I Halal RTWG.

The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards of the Department of Agriculture conducted a consultation with stakeholders from various research institutions, private organizations and DA Regulatory Agencies within the Visayas region. The Consultation was held last 4 August 2016 at the Diamond Suites and Residences, Cebu City. Aside from gathering comments and recommendations, the consultation seeks to introduce the project and gain interest from the probable applicants of the DA Pool of Experts. Once established, the DA Pool of Experts shall support the development of standards and technical regulations through the issuance of scientific or technical recommendations.

BAGUIO CITY--The Capability Building Workshop for the Assessors and the members of the National Committee for Official Accreditation for Organic Certifying Bodies (NCOA-OCB) is a bi-annual activity organized by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS). The activity is in line with the aim to continually strengthen the NCOA-OCB; to equip them with the necessary skills in order to effectively carry out their functions relevant to official accreditation such as auditing knowledge and skills, updates on the new regulations as well as the draft policies relevant to organic agriculture, and the applicable Philippine National Standards for organic agriculture.

We are pleased to inform you that the Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) as the designated WTO Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Enquiry Point of the Philippines will issue WTO TBT Notifications Bulletin every Wednesday at the BPS website (www.bps.dti.gov.ph), containing draft technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures notified by WTO members to the WTO.