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.

The Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) in collaboration with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) conducted a Public Consultative Meeting for the Revision of Philippine National Standard (PNS) Code of Good Animal Husbandry Practices for Chicken (Layer and Broiler) last 13 May 2016 in Animal Health Training and Information Center, Bureau of Animal Industry, BAI compound, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City.