DOST extends help to city’s food vendors to ensure food safety

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has chosen Puerto Princesa City as its pilot area to promote and ensure food safety in adherence to Food Safety Act of the Philippines or Republic Act 10611.

DOST provincial head Engr. Pacifico Sariego informed Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron about the project which the national government allocate P1.3 Million for the purpose.

They will focus on the safety of food sold in the city. This will improve the quality of the locally-produced food prpducts including local delicacies known as kakanin, and food sold in the streets.

The lucrative tourism industry in the city prompted the national government to collaborate with the city government to come up and design a Good Manufacturing Processes Food Cart to promote and ensure food safety to all consumers.

The project will provide training and technical assistance to food handlers and ambulant food vendors in the city. The DOST will also come up with a system to easily identify food stalls whose food products are safe and passed the standards.

They will also check the physico-chemical and microbiological properties of the workplaces and food outlets, therefore assuring the consuming public that the products are safe and of good quality.

For the purposes of implementing the project, a special body is formed headed by the City Mayor. Other members of the body include the DOST, and the city government offices of health, legal, Sangguniang Panlungsod, administrator, joint inspection team of business permits and licensing, Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies.

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