Region 10’s DA and NMIS officials gather for the latter’s infrastructure proposal.


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The officials from the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office 10 (DA-RFO 10) headed by Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado and National Meat Inspection Service-10 (NMIS-10 ) Regional Technical Director Dr. Neonette K. Agreda convened to discuss their infrastructure proposal, recently, at the agency compound.

Said meeting aims to seek advice from the agri chief exec, as they eye for the establishment of a meat laboratory, which is crucial in ensuring compliance with food safety regulations and standards.

Particularly, the laboratory is necessary for the provision of analytical services to detect physical, biological, and chemical contaminants in meat and meat products as mandated by the Republic Act 10536, otherwise known as “The Meat Inspection Code of the Philippines.”

Director Collado advised them to present their proposal to the Regional Development Council (RDC) for endorsement for possible funding of their proposal.

RDC is mandated by Executive Order No. 325, series of 1996 to review and endorse national plans, programs, and projects proposed for implementation in the region.

The NMIS is a specialized regulatory agency of the DA that is the country’s sole national controlling and competent authority on all matters of meat inspection and hygiene both for locally produced and imported meat.# (RDME)