QUEZON CITY – On its road to maintaining its ISO 9001:2015 certification, the Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BAFS) conducted its 9th Management Review (MR) on January 22 – 24, 2020 at the DA-BAFS Conference Room, Diliman, Quezon City. The three-day activity reviewed and evaluated the implementation of BAFS’ Quality Management System (QMS) to ensure its continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness. Part of the three-day activity is the review of the Bureau’s Risk Management Plan and Learning and Development Plan.

QUEZON CITY – Second workshop DONE! The Department of Agriculture – Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (DA-BAFS) held the Workshop on SWOT Identification on February 11, 2020 at the DA-BAFS Conference Room, Diliman, Quezon City as part of its on-going activities towards the development of its Strategic Plan. The workshop was facilitated by Director Alvin P. Principe of the Development Academy of the Philippines’ Center for Governance (DAP-CfG).

In August 3, 2018, the first African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Asia was reported in China, causing worries to the local hog raisers of the country. Swill feeding was identified to be related to the 62% of first 21 ASF cases in China [1]. In order to protect the local industry, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has released a Technical Advisory regarding the temporary ban of importing domestic and wild pigs, their products and semen from 24 countries infected with ASF including Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Laos Latvia, North Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia. Belgium [2]. The use of catering food wastes from airports and seaports as swill feed was also prohibited by BAI. Several local ordinances were issued as well by local government units to ensure control of ASF virus spread.

Last August 2018, at lease 330,000 sacks of imported milled rice were reported to be infested with bukbok or weevil.The Bureau of Plant Industry - Plant Quarantine Services through the National Food Authority (NFA) said that the rice will be fumigated to combat the pest while assuring the public that it is safe for consumption specifically if washed before cooking. Among the registered fumigants in the Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) used for rice are phosphine and methyl bromide.