PAGADIAN CITY, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR | July 26, 2022 – FPA Zamboanga Peninsula conducted a seminar on Regulatory Updates on Guidelines, Regulations, and Harmonize Field Promotion Approach for agro-chemical field workers on July 22, 2022, at Springland Resort in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.


The activity aims to promote the safe and responsible use of agricultural pesticides and orient the agro-chemical companies on the Agency’s mandate.


Mr. Alex S. Paalisbo, Regional Officer (RO) of FPA Zamboanga Peninsula, discussed the Agency’s mandates and functions. “The Regional Field Units (RFUs) are the Agency’s operational arms that execute plans and programs based on authorized policies and standards. Rest assured that we are monitoring and implementing these requirements in our regions,” Mr. Paalisbo emphasized.


On the other hand, Provincial Officer (PO) Dionn Mark M. Bohol explained the general information on pesticides, including the importance of understanding the product labels. At the same time, PO Charlie D. Limbag enumerated the requirements for the registration of chemical pesticides and MoA labeling.


Additionally, PO Michael P. Tuico discussed the purpose of the product stewardship program. Product stewardship is a requirement for all pesticide companies/registrants. It is a training given to all licensed handlers on safe and prudent use of pesticides. The overall goal of this program is to maximize the benefits while minimizing any risks associated with crop protection products.


Meanwhile, Ms. Paulyne Kim Alfuente discussed the dos and don’ts during field promotional activities, pesticide poisoning cases, and first aid management. 


A pre-test and post-test were also initiated to assess the participant’s level of understanding. “Upon checking the results, we are proud that the participants were able to dissect the information discussed in the training. We are hoping this will be an avenue to help our farmers achieve an abundant harvest by strengthening the promotion of the proper and safe application of pesticides,” RO Paalisbo said.


The training was attended by 45 personnel from different agro-chemical companies operating in the region. ###

Written by: Dionn Mark M. Bohol | Published: 28 July 2022

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