PSTO Sorsogon, DARPO Sorsogon conduct training on food packaging, labeling for JUSAVARBEFA members in Gubat
The Department of Agrarian Reform Provincial Office of Sorsogon (DARPO-Sorsogon) in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology V thru PSTC-Sorsogon conducted the “Training on Packaging and Labeling” last 30 August 2022 at Brgy. Hall, Brgy. Jupi, Gubat, Sorsogon. The said training aims to inculcate knowledge, empower and encourage the Jupi San Vicente Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and Farmers’ Association (JUSAVARBEFA) in compliance with the mandatory packaging and labeling requirements, A total of seventeen (17) JUSAVARBEFA members and officers participated in the said training.
As preliminary phase of the training, the DOST together with DAR visited and conducted an ocular inspection of the existing production area in compliance with GMP and food safety requirement. Initial recommendations were provided in preparation for possible audit and assessment of the facility. During the training, Ms. Lucy G. Bailon, MARPO of DARPO-Sorsogon and Hon. Emmanuel D. Lagpad, Brgy. Chairperson graced the activity with their opening messages. Awareness on basic food hygiene was discussed thru video presentation of Ms. Ma. Theresa D. Alcantara, ARD-TO, DOST V. After which, Ms. Fae B. Banda, Science Research Specialist II, DOST V, discussed on the basics of packaging and labeling, its importance, appropriate type of packaging materials to be used and the DOH-FDA mandatory labeling requirements.
The training was concluded with a message by Ms. Julie Encinas, ARPO II, DARPO-Sorsogon emphasizing the importance of the training in improving their product and sustainability of their production. It will help the JUSAVARBEFA in preparation to application for FDA-LTO to increase market potential linkages as a catalyst for economic development.