To provide transparency and public involvement in the revision of the Philippine National Standards for the Grading and Classification of Coconut Coir (PNS/BAFPS 21:2008) and Coconut Peat (PNS/BAFPS 74:2009), a public consultative meeting was held on October 11, 2017 at El Bajada Hotel, J.P. Laurel Ave, Davao City. The revision was spearheaded by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) and Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA).

October 10-11, 2017 - The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) conducted a National Public Consultative Meeting for the Development of Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Various Agricultural Machinery at University Hotel, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. This activity aimed to gather comments from relevant stakeholders that are essential in the finalization of the draft Standards. It covered the discussion of draft PNS for Cassava Mechanical Dryer, Cassava Digger, Corn Combine Harvester, and Mungbean Sheller.

QUEZON CITY – In keeping with its strengthened mandates on the development of food safety standards, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards, together with the Technical Working Group, has conducted the National Public Consultative Meeting for the Adoption of Codex Guidance for Risk Management Options in Light of Different Risk Assessment Outcomes last August 8, 2017. The activity aimed to strengthen transparency and public involvement during the crafting of the Standard. It served as a venue to gather inputs and further validate the provisions of the Standard.

QUEZON CITY – The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), in cooperation with the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (US DTRA) and Black & Veatch, convened the Information Session and Introduction to the “Enhancement of Biosafety and Biosecurity Capabilities Project” held last August 14, 2017 at Luxent Hotel, Quezon City.

METRO MANILA – The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards has recently conducted the 2017 BAFS Focal Persons Midyear Seminar-Orientation. BAFS Regional Focal Persons (RFPs) serve as the focal point for BAFS activities at the regional level. With the assistance from the BAFS RFP, the Bureau has been successfully conducting public consultations, focus group discussions, farm inspections, workshops and other related activities. Considering the institutional restructuring made at the national and regional level in 2016, BAFS requested for the reaffirmation of the composition of BAFS RFPs. Special Order No. 1063 Series of 2017 provides the designation of BAFS RFPs.