In response to the growing demand for food safety and quality, food producers across the province of Capiz received training in food safety and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) with the support of the Department of Science and Technology Capiz (DOST Capiz).

Members of the Capiz Rural Peasant and OFW Farmers Credit Cooperative, beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Sustainable Livelihood Program, and members of the Women’s Association in Dao participated in an orientation on food safety. The participants gained valuable insights into the critical role of food safety practices in ensuring consumer health and safety. Topics covered included foodborne illnesses, food hazards, effective sanitation techniques, and other essential manufacturing practices.

Additionally, DOST Capiz conducted two cGMP training sessions for RMIce Roxas City OPC and Binaobawan Fisherfolks Association, known respectively for supplying tube ice to various provincial establishments and producing shrimp tocino. This initiative gave them the knowledge and skills to enhance their manufacturing processes. By focusing on improving productivity, ensuring product safety, and aligning with the Food Safety Act of 2013, the training emphasized the role of local food producers in safeguarding public health.

By promoting food safety and cGMP training, DOST VI plays a pivotal role in supporting local food producers on their journey toward excellence. These initiatives enhance the safety and quality of their products and help expand market opportunities, fostering a stronger and healthier food industry in the region. (PMOBautista, GRMarcon/DOST Capiz)