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The Field Operations and Coordinating Unit (FOCU) facilitated a training on Pesticide Poision Handling, Control and Management on November 6, 2019 held at the  ATI Messhall Function Hall, Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

 

In his opening remarks, Executive Director Wilfredo Roldan shared about FPA’s goal for ISO 9001: 2015 certification and he encouraged the field units (FUs) to take part in the endevour. He said that the FUs should also leverage their service-delivery to international standards.

 

The activity, which aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants on said subject, was attended by FPA’s Regional and Provincial Officers, and technical employees from the Fertilizer Regulatory Division, Pesticide Regulatory Division, and the Laboratory Services Division.

 

On the first day, lectures on Pesticide Poison Handling, Control and Management, Environmental Impact of

Pesticides, Effects of Fipronil and How it Affects the Human Body, Effects and Poisoning Cases of Herbicides and Fungicides, and Pesticide Exposure Surveillance.

 

Dr. Carissa Paz C. Dioquino, Head of the National Poison Management and Control Center – Philippine General Hospital (NPMCC-PGH), Engr. Ana Trinidad F. Rivera, Director IV of the Foods and Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Allan R. Dionisio, Chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and Dr. Charmaine Victoria Micu-Oblefias, Medical Officer IV of the NPMCC-PGH, served as resource persons.

 

Day two of the training composed of capacity-building activities in relation to the target goal of the agency towards agency-wide’ ISO certification and the implementation of Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business Act. It covered workshops on Lean Management and Streamlining of Frontline Services which were facilitated by the FPA ISO QMS Management Committee and Secretariat.

 

It was emphasized that the Quality Objectives of ISO 9001:2015 is to issue ninety- four (94%) of regulatory documents/reports within the prescribed timeline and to maintain a ‘Very Satisfactory’ rating on the customer satisfaction by December 2019.

 

The FPA ISO QMS Management Committee further shared the importance of looking for the causes of delays on the processes, and reviewing the system for relative improvements, through the application of risk analysis.

 

Finally, the last day of the training included a lecture-discussion on Ending Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) which was facilitated by the Gender and Development Committee (FPA-GAD). An open-forum which intends to address the needs and concerns of the Field Units concluded the activity.

 

Antonio Cruz, Acting Deputy Executive Director for Fertilizer, advised the participants to be responsible in familiarizing the mandates and functions of the agency and the Department of Agriculture (DA). He explained that this would come in handy when answering simple questions related to FPA services from the public and will eventually help in advancing the current directives of incumbent DA Secretary William Dar.