In reference to the Expert's Advice from the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Development of the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for Organic Soil Amendments, during its meeting last March 27, 2017, on the use of processing aids not allowed in the PNS of Organic Soil Amendments (PNS/BAFS 183:2016), particularly those that are 'synthetic', BAFS-Officially Accredited Organic Certifying Bodies (OCBs) shall not accept applications for certification of OSA products that use processing aids not allowed in the PNS for OSA, particularly those that are 'synthetic'.

Pursuant to the Resolution No. 04, Series of 2017 of the National Committee for Official Accreditation of Organic Certifying Bodies (NCOA-OCB), the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines, Inc. (OCCP) is SUSPENDED on the scope for certification of organic soil amendments (i.e. organic fertilizer, organic soil conditioner/compost, microbial inoculant, organic plant supplementeffective 24 March 2017 until 15 August 2017.

The Pre-Assessment activity of the Regional Field Offices (RFOs) is designed to ascertain the readiness of subsidy applicants and examine their level of compliance to the Philippine National Standards on Organic Agriculture (PNS OA).

ORTIGAS, PASIG - As part of the EU-Trade Related Technical Assistance 3 (EU-TRTA 3) Project, the Department of Health – Food and Drug Administration (DOH-FDA) spearheaded the Fundamentals Training on the Philippine Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (PhilRASFF) last March 22 to 24, 2017 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The said training was conducted to orient the food safety regulatory agencies (FSRAs) and other relevant agencies on the effective usage of the PhilRASFF.  BAFS, as the competent authority in the development of standards for agriculture and fishery products, was identified as one of the Technical Support Agency in the implementation of PhilRASFF. 

MALATE, MANILA - Last January 20, 2017, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS) formally turned over the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Program to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI). The transfer was presided by Director Vivencio R. Mamaril of BPI and Director Karen S. Bautista of BAFS.  Present also during the event were technical personnel from BPI - Plant Products Safety Services Division (PPSSD), BPI - Crop Research and Production Support Division (CRPSD) and BAFS – Technical Services Division (TSD).