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February 07, 2019 : Public Information
To inform the public of the proper and safe use of fertilizers and pesticides, Joey Pascua, FPA Provincial Officer for General Santos City and Saranggani continues to conduct relevant Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaigns such as posting of FPA’s Paalala tarpaulin, Fipronil-banning tarpaulin, and distribution of trash bin stickers to FPA Licensed Dealers in General Santos.
February 7-8, 2019 : Direction Setting and Operations Management
To finalize FPA’s budget proposal for 2020, a Planning Workshop was held in Los Baños, Laguna. In his welcome remarks and direction setting, Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan addressed the participating staff of Central Office Divisions and Field Units to work responsibly by anchoring their work commitments to FPA’s four (4) pillars: FPA, industry, academe, and farmers. Deputy Executive Director Eric Divinagracia, on the other hand, gave the overview of the planning activities. After the workshop, each division and region presented their respective budget proposals for 2020.
February 8, 2019 : Expanding the Knowledge of FPA Personnel through field immersions
As part of their ‘experiential’ education, FPA employees visited Cyberth Philippines Inc., one of the privately-owned Philippine companies dedicated to providing the highest quality and competitively-priced products to agricultural and environmental health industries. They were welcomed by the company’s owner, Chito Bandian, and thereafter, gave a brief orientation of his company. Afterward, he led the FPA employees to visit the company’s warehouse.
February 8, 2019 : Expanding the Knowledge of FPA Personnel through field immersions
To observe a demonstration on the use of drones for pesticide application in the fields, FPA employees went to Bayer AD-SEA Research Station at Canlubang Laguna. Charish Dikitan, Station Administrator and Safety Officer started a short program followed by their staff namely Linas Lao, Country Commercial Lead-Bayer of CropScience, Allan Velilla, Head, Trial Management SEA, Louise Pahuyo, Regulatory Science Manager, and by Rinomir Aquino, Supply Chain Manager. Ashort lecture on drone and itsdemonstration were facilitated byClod Descallar, APAC Data Quality Manager,and Carlito Landicho, Field Researcher. Both are CAAP-licensed Drone Pilots
February 11, 2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
FPA Laguna Provincial Officer Romulo Crucillo inspected the warehouse of Triland Logistics (formerly Vast Agro Solutions) located at Bgy. Saimsim Calamba City. This is in fulfillment of the FPA’s mandate to regularly hold monitoring and enforcement activities in the field to maintain compliance with the Law.
February 11, 2019 : Newly appointed accountant
Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan administered the oath taking of newly appointed Administrative IV, Zandrally Ramilo Joven who will be assigned at the Finance and Administrative Division. The oath taking was held during the flag ceremony at the Central Office.
February 11, 2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
FPA Laguna Provincial Officer Romulo Crucillo monitored the experiment being conducted by Dr. Patrick Rocamora who was issued an EUP by FPA. The crops being used for trial are rice, lettuce, tomat, and corn. Such activity is a requirement by FPA before any fertilizer or pesticide product is registered.
February 11 and 13,2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
Julieta Lansangan and Senior Agriculturist Marlo Deblois led the audit of licensing documents in Region XII on February 11. The region’s former head, Supervising Agriculturist Alita Bornea, assisted in reviewing the documents and compliance of the three stakeholders applying for their licenses. On February 13, the audit team inspected three fertilizer manufacturing plants located at Koronadal City and Polomolok, South Cotabato. Provincial Officers Joey Pascua and Jose Tabsing joined in the inspection. They team reminded the stakeholders to fully implement occupational safety standards such as the availability of masks, goggles, hard hats and warning signages (entrance, mixing area, etc.). The client committed to comply with FPA standards immediately.
February 12-13, 2019 : Partnership with stakeholder on product stewardship program
Through the joint efforts of FPA Region II, Crop Life Action Network (CRAN), Syngenta Philippines and the Municipal Government of Dupax Del Sur, and Dupax Del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya, a two-day seminar on Responsible Use of Agricultural Pesticides and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) was organized. The seminar was facilitated by FPA Region II Regional Officer Henry Fronda, Provincial Officers Mr. Leonardo Bangad, Henry Cayaban Jr., and Arwin Cardenas. The main objective of the seminar is to educate and inform the attendees of the proper use of agricultural pesticides. The seminar was participated in by 176 vegetable farmers from BarangaysBelance and Kinabuan inDupax Del Sur, Nueva Vizcaya. This was accomplished with the able assistance of said Municipality’s Agriculture Offices (MAO).
February 13, 2019 : Public information
Region IX FPA Provincial Officer Paulyne Kim Alfuente attended the Harvest Festival Activity of Corteva Agri-Science in partnership with Atlas Fertilizer Corporation. It was participated in by the farmers of the Municipality of Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay. Alfuente conducted public information dissemination campaign on the FPA mandates and reminding the farmers of the harmful effects of improper pesticide application and disposal of its used containers to the environment and human health.
February 19, 2019 : Participation in DA’s Biyaheng Bukid Program
Laguna Provincial Officer Romulo Crucillo joined in and witnessed the recording of Byaheng Bukid, a TV program hosted by DA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol. The event was culminated by the turn-over of Solar Powered Irrigation System to the farmer-members of Lumban Cooperative Inc. in Laguna. The said technology is expected to irrigate 90 hectares of agricultural land being managed by the organization. A dialogue with the farmers soon followed. Most of the concerns raised by the farmers focused on land conversion while others requested for similar technology in their areas. Sec. Piñol then committed to advise the Agricultural Credit Cooperative to allocate funding for loans that offer minimal interest rates to interested farmers who would like to acquire agri-machineries and technologies.
February 20, 2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
Laguna Provincial Officer Romulo Crucillo conducted a sample weighing of fertilizer at the Universal Harvester Inc. Carmelay Industrial Park II, Calamba City, Laguna. The samples passed the minimum weight limit of 49.75 per bag. Mr. Crucillo recommended putting bigger warning signages, fire extinguishers, and emergency showers in the warehouse.
February 20, 2019 : Strengthening partnership with the industry
To strengthen partnership with the industry, FPA Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan together with Deputy Executive Director for Pesticide Eric Divinagracia, Acting Deputy Executive for Fertilizer Antonio Cruz, Jr., PRD OIC Jacqueline Romualdez, and LSD Chief Jerolet Sahagun led the FPA Industry Dialogue together with Croplife Philippines and Crop Protection Association of the Philippines (CPAP) held at the FPA Board Room, 4th Floor, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. The following were discussed during the meeting: FPA Guidance on MOA Labelling, Registration of products for drone application, Status of Greenbook Revision, Transfer of Household Pesticides Regulation from Food and Drugs Administration to FPA, Alignment of DENR and FPA policies on disposal of used F/P containers and PIP matters.
February 20, 2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
The FPA Fertilzer Regulation Division led by its Division Chief Julieta Lansangan and Agriculturist II Maria Regina Lagance led the monitoring of field trialsin Murcia, Negros Occidental and Western Visayas Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC0 in Jamungaya, Iloilo City. Such trial is a requirement by FPA prior to registration of fertilizer or pesticide products.
February 26, 2019 : Increasing the knowledge of stakeholders
Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan graced the Accredited Safety Dispenser's Training in Bethel Guesthouse, Dumaguete City, Negros Orientalparticipated in by 22 handler’s representatives. The Presidential Decree 1144 was discussed during the training including general fertilizer and pesticide information; handling and storage; transport and distribution; and poisoning and first aid. ED Roldan also met with area distributors of Negros Oriental and dealers in Siquijor on the same day.
February 27, 2019 : Enforcement and monitoring of handlers
FPA Region X initiated a clean-up drive in Cagayan de Oro City. Sample weighing of pesticides and checking of outdated pesticides were conducted.Results showed that one of the handlers has defective weighing scale while some have outdated pesticides, thus, these dealers were advised to purchase new weighing scale, remove the outdated pesticides from the shelves and return these to the distributor. This activity would not be possible without the active participation of Provincial Officers Christie Lim, Lorna Sajol, and Romnick Boctot
February 27, 2019 : Information Campaign on the banning of Fipronil in banana
As part of raising public awareness on the banning of theuse of FIPRONIL, DELTAMETHRIN and other pesticides which are not registered with FPA for banana, FPAProvincial Officer Cheery Agrade held a two-day session for this purpose. The activity was participated in by 74 individuals composed of chemical handlers, farm supervisors and banana growers.
February 26-27, 2019 : LSD Gearing Towards ISO Accreditation
The FPA Laboratory Division (LSD) underwent aninitial assessment for itsISO/IEC 17025:2005 Accreditation. Ateam from the Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reviewed and assessed the documentation and implementation of the LSD Quality Management System (QMS) in compliance to the said certification.
February 26, 27, and 28, 2019 : Institutionalization of product stewardship program
Through the joint efforts of FPA Region II led by Regional Officer Henry Fonda, Crop Life Action Network (CRAN) Region II, Corteva Agro Science, and the Municipal Agriculture Office (MAO) of the said municipalities, a seminar on Responsible Use of Agricultural Pesticides and Insect Resistance Management (IRM) was conducted at Barangays Centro Sur, Sto. Nino, Lannig, Solana and Poblacion, Rizal, Cagayan. FPA Provincial Officers Leonardo Bangad, Henry Cayaban Jr., Noel Baliuag, Arwin Cardenas and Nelson Paraguison, District Market Development Manager CRAN Region II and Corteva Agro Science served as resource persons of the training which was participated in by 196 farmers who are purely engaged in vegetable, corn and rice farming.
February 28, 2019 : Product quality and adherence to safety
Laguna Provincial Officer Mr. Romulo N. Crucillo conducted a warehouse inspection of Goldenman Marketing Corporation located at CIP I Canlubang Calamba City. He recommended that the warehouse should post additional signages, provide personal protective equipment to inspectors, and install shower for emergency cases. Michelle Omana, Development Officer of the company joined him during the inspection.
February 28, 2019 : Fulfilling the mandates in the field
CARAGA Regional Officer Danilo Negre together with Engr. Baconguis, Ronie Repolidon, and Joseph Recto Canda facilitated a pesticide stakeholder’s assembly meeting in cooperation with Crop Protection Association Philippines (CPAP) conducted in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. The activity was participated in by 73 stakeholders. During the seminar the following topics were discussed: safe and judicious use of pesticides, review and updates of various memorandums circular issued relative to: Implementation on the banning of Fipronil and prohibiting Deltamethrin use in banana, collection of expired products from licensed establishments, and provision of trash bin for empty pesticide bottles and containers.
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Date Posted October  2016

“THE ESSENCE OF education is to learn continuously and to open ourselves to the new technologies of today.” These were the inspiring words of Fertilizer and Pesticide Authority (FPA) Executive Director Norlito R. Gicana during the opening ceremony of the “Orientation on ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS) and FPA Approved Merit Selection Plan (MSP)” on September 21, 2016. Organized by the FPA-Field Operations Coordinating Unit (FOCU), FPA-Fertilizer Regulations Division (FRD) and FPA-Finance and Administrative Division (FAD), the activity aimed to shed light on what the ISO 9001:2008 is all about prior to application for ISO certification and to orient the entire Agency on the recently approved merit selection plan and system of ranking positions for 2016.

Held at the FPA Central Office in Quezon City, the two-day activity was participated by officials and staff from the Agency’s Central and Regional Offices nationwide. ISO 9001:2008 QMS The seminar on ISO was led by a group of experts from the Competitiveness Bureau (CB) and National Competitiveness Council (NCC) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Lead resource speaker Mr. Ariel Faraon, who was introduced by FPA-FRD Chief Ms. Julieta B. Lansangan, is the project manager and lead program consultant of the Project Repeal: The Philippine Red Tape Challenge. What is ISO 9001? According to Mr. Faraon’s presentation, “it is a quality management system that can be adopted by any kind of organization…the system is focused towards the meeting of customer requirements and enhancing customer satisfaction.” With over a million certificates issued globally, ISO 9001 is currently being instigated in 175 countries. As a system designed to constantly enhance agency performance, the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System can eradicate bad culture, uncertainties, malicious practices, inconsistencies, errors, problems, inefficiencies and ineffectiveness. “Planning is the key,” said Mr. Faraon as he emphasized that the ISO 9001 necessitates agencies to plan what to do; follow that plan; monitor, measure and analyse the execution of the plan; and improve the plan. The ISO 9001 is based on the following quality management principles: 1) customer focus, 2) leadership, 3) involvement of people, 4) process approach, 5) system approach to management, 6) continual improvement, 7) factual approach to decision making, and 8) mutual beneficial supplier relationship. Based on Mr. Faraon’s presentation, “it is recommended that the principles be used by management to guide organizations to improve performance…the principles enable an organization to determine the right things to do and understand why they are doing them.” The ISO 9001:2008’s structure, as discussed by Mr. Nestor Ian Fiedalan of the Project Repeal, has eight Clauses that need to be fulfilled. These are: 1) scope, 2) normative references, 3) terms and definitions, 4) quality management system, 5) management responsibility, 6) resource management, 7) product realization and 8) measurement, analysis and improvement.

According to the presentation, “Clauses 1, 2 and 3 are introductory statements and not part of the auditable requirements…the applicable and auditable requirements are those specified in Clauses 4 to 8.” An important requirement of the ISO under Clause 4 is the quality manual, which includes the scope of the Quality Management System; justifiable exclusions; documented procedures or references; and description of interaction between processes. “The quality manual should have clear objectives and outcomes…the FPA already has a system which will be packaged and contained in this manual,” explained Mr. Faraon. Other general requirements include quality policy; quality objectives; documented procedures and records; and documents and records necessary for effective planning, operation and control. The latest edition of this system is ISO 9001:2015, which has a more complex set of requirements than the 2008 edition. Mr. Fiedalan briefly discussed the ten clauses of ISO 9001:2015, which include: 1) scope, 2) normative references, 3) terms and definitions, 4) context of the organization, 5) leadership, 6) planning, 7) support, 8) operations, 9) performance evaluations and 10) improvement. Certification of ISO 9001 is being conducted by independent certification bodies and an ISO- certified organization receives a renewable three-year certificate. Within this period, the organization will be audited for certification, surveillance and re-certification. “If after three months, non- conformities were not corrected (via the corrective action procedure) by the client, the ISO 9001 certificate will be revoked by the certifying body,” as stated in the presentation. Towards the end of the seminar, Ms. Kahlil Christa De Silva of the Project Repeal discussed what their initiative is all about. With the strategy to crowdsource proposals, establish repeal system and cut regulatory costs, the Project Repeal is aimed at “reduced cost of compliance for people and businesses; savings for the economy, measured in PhP millions annually”. Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, New Zealand, Germany and many other countries are implementing the same initiative. The scope of Project Repeal covers: 1) amendment [addition, deletion and/or change of certain provisions of a rule or regulation], 2) consolidation [integration of multiple, similar regulations into one legal document], 3) delisting [removal of invalid rules and regulations from an agency’s website and roster of active issuances] and 4) repeal [full elimination of a rule/issuance because it has been deemed no longer necessary]. “At the end of the day, the goal is to simplify processes,” said Ms. De Silva. Merit Selection Plan Ms. Josephine S. Guntan, Administrative Officer V of FPA-FAD, led the presentation on “Orientation on the FPA Approved Merit Selection Plan-System of Ranking Positions (MSP-SRP) 2016”. Approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on August 15, 2016, the FPA MSP-SRP is pursuant to the provisions of the Omnibus Rules Implementing Book V of Executive Order No. 292. “The objectives are 1) to establish a system that is characterized by strict observance of the merit, fitness and equality principle in the selection of the employees for the appointment to positions on the basis of their qualifications and competence to perform the duties of the position to be filled and 2) to create equal opportunities for employment to all qualified and competent persons to enter the government service and for career advancement in the Agency,” said Ms. Guntan. Also discussed during the seminar were the phases of MSP (i.e., publication and posting and selection process); composition of the Personnel Selection Board (PSB); individual assessment criteria for original appointment and promotion appointment; system of ranking positions; and personnel complement.

Other Matters The “Guidelines on the Grant of FY 2016 Performance-Based Bonus (PBB)” was presented by FPA-FAD Chief Ms. Elizabeth T. Ramiro. The new features of the FY 2016 PBB are as follows: 1) harmonized implementation of the PBB with EO 201; 2) priority programs based on five KRAs of EO 43, OP Planning Tool, and EODB targets shall be suspended for FY 2016 PBB only; 3) PBB rates of individuals shall depend on the performance rating of the bureau/ delivery unit where they belong; and 4) third level officials should receive at least “Satisfactory” rating under the CESPES. The “FPA FY 2017 Budget” was presented by Ms. Maria Theresa B. Oliveros, Administrative Officer V of the FPA-FAD. Based on her report, the FPA’s total budget proposal for FY 2017 is P112.34 million. “In FY 2016, the budget approved was P79.39 million [and as] compared to the FY 2017 budget per National Expenditure Program (NEP) of P112.34 million, there was a total increase of P32.949 million or a 42% increase from this year’s budget,” as stated in the presentation. Mr. Antonio G. Cruz, Jr., Supervising Agriculturist of the FPA-Regional Office 3, delivered a brief closing remarks to officially cap off the activity. He said that everyone is aiming for the certification of ISO 9001:2008 and that the QMS will be aligned with the Agency’s SPMS. He added that once the FPA becomes ISO-certified, it will prove that the Agency is providing good and quality service. With the increase of the FPA budget for 2017, he said that this reflects that the Agency is working hard towards the fulfilment of its objectives and mandate and he congratulated all the officials and staff who contributed to this milestone.