Permit and license issuing officers of the different municipalities, Livestock Sector of the Municipal Agriculture Offices , feed establishment operators and handlers and owners of veterinary drugs sold in the market of District 1 were briefed on November 19 and on November 21 for District 2.
PVET Training Coordinator Ferdinand Dunuan explained that the food sector embodies all sectors in the business community and it is imperative that the food people take in are safe and clean starting from those who directly eat the by-products consumed by livestock that we also eventually eat such as the feeds, feed products and veterinary drugs.
Laws have been enacted to ensure safety and address the legitimate sale of these products but the efficient implementation of these regulatory laws rely mostly in their dissemination and understanding by the concerned stakeholders for their guidance and compliance.
Lacrinas Punio head of the Accreditation Unit, Registration and Licensing, Regulatory Division of the Department of Agriculture -Cordillera, discussed Republic Acts 1556, 1071 and 3720 and DA Administrative Order No. 8 series of 2004.
RA 1556 is an Act to Regulate and Control the Manufacture, Importation, Labelling, Advertising and Sale of Livestock and Poultry Feeds while RA 1071 is an Act to Regulate the Sale of Veterinary Biologics and Medical Preparation
RA 1556 provides that any person, partnership, firm, corporation or association desiring to engage in the manufacture, importation, sale or distribution of feeds or feeding stuffs shall first be registered and under RA 1071 it is unlawful for any agency or store to sell to the public veterinary biologics and medical preparations other than registered pharmacies or drug stores (boticas), biological laboratories, veterinary clinics and government veterinary agencies.
RA 3720 is an Act to Ensure the Safety and Purity of Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics Being Made Available to the Public by Creating the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which shall Administer and Enforce the Laws Pertaining Thereto. It declares that it is the policy of the State to insure safe and good quality supply of food, drug and cosmetic and to regulate their production, sale and traffic of the same to protect the health of the people hence to carry out this mandate the FDA was created.
DA A.O. No. 8 amended A.O. No. 3 series of 1997 Regarding the Revised Guidelines on the Registration and Licensing of Livestock, Poultry and By-Products Handler’s and Livestock Carriers.
Meanwhile, the objective of DA A.O. No. 8 is to properly register and license all livestock, poultry and its by-products handler and accreditation of livestock transport vehicles and vessels in the Philippines with the end view of maintaining a disease free areas and achieving a safe, clean and orderly handling of commodities through various stages of marketing or distribution channels.(JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Daniel B. Codamon