Food safety practitioners gathered for the multi-stakeholder forum of PRO-FIT (Promoting Food Industry Competitiveness Training Program) last January 12, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay.
Co-financed by Sequa and BMZ, PRO-FIT is implemented by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Development Cooperation (AFOS), TUV Rheinland and UP Institute for Small Scale Industries (UP ISSI) that will run for 2 years.
It aims to train practitioners on a variety of qualification options on food safety and sanitation practices at the UP ISSI.
The vocational training courses will target Micro, Small and Medium enterprises of the country’s food products as well as beverage manufacturing sectors.
TUV Rheinland Philippines COO Tristan Loveres (COO, TUVR) welcomed the participants to the forum, while DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales and AGHAM Partylist Chief of Staff Dr. Florentino Tesoro discussed Food Safety Initiatives.
Meanwhile, AFOS Country Director Dr. Stephan Kunz and UP ISSI Director Prof. Nestor Raneses talked on the state of food safety in the Philippines, its challenges and opportunities. ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan provided a Project Overview.
Finally, TUV Rheinland’s Business Development Manager Pinky Villacrusis discussed the next steps and closed the program.
Through the event, the project implementers were able to solicit inputs from the representatives on the strengths and opportunities for harmonizing initiatives towards achieving food safety. Organizations also expressed support and offered contribution to the development of the training curricula.#