Maritess Morilla, DVM (center); Gerald C. Montierro, DVM (in stripes); and Roberto Q. De Guzman (in yellow), a few of the event’s training management staff, with the 22 participants in the country’s first GHSP training program held at Ouans Worth Farm, in Brgy. Ibabang Dupay, Lucena City.(Quezon PIO)
An advance training course on good hygienic slaughtering practices was held last Aug. 28-30 at Ouans Worth Farm and Resort, Brgy. Ibabang Dupay in Lucena City.
Participated in by over 22 meat inspectors from registered meat establishments in Quezon Province, it is recognized by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and is the first ever held in the entire country in compliance with the provisions of DA-AO, 19, series of 2012 – also known as Good Hygienic Slaughtering Practices (GHSP).
The training aims to provide practical information on GHSP to improve hygienic production of meat and meat products by the locally registered meat establishments. This is all in order to protect consumers by reducing the risk of meat borne illnesses and other health hazards.
During the three-day training, topics starting from humane handling of animals prior to slaughterup to thefinal product transportation and slaughterhouse maintenance were tackled. And to ensure that the participants are indeed retaining important information, a short quiz is conducted at the end of each day to assess their level of assimilation.
A whole-day practicum was held at the Class AA Slaughter House in Sariaya, Quezon during the last day of the training, using a live pig provided by the Office of the Provincial Veterinarian (OPV) Quezon. The participants were also given a complete outfit for meat inspection such as hard hats, rubber boots, plastic aprons, and inspection knives.
Gerald C. Montierro, DVM from the OPV-Quezon; Isgani Requizo, DVM from the City Veterinary Office of Tavabas; as well as Marvin Vicente, DVM; MaritessLorilla, DVM; and Theresa Magno, MS – the three coming from NMIS – served as resource persons for the event
Some of the training management staff for the GHSP course also came from OPV-Quezon, in the persons of Dr. Gerald C. Montierro, Mr. Roberto Q. De Guzman, Ms. Melanie B. Obnamia, and Ms. Monalisa Rivera, with others coming from Agricultural Training Institute Region IV-A: Ms. Marites P. Cosico, Ms. Angela S. Amoloza, Ms. Mary GraceLeidia, and Mr. Rico Parducho.
A certificate of attendance and completion were issued to the participants at the end of the training. The certificate of completion is provided with a control number issued by and registered with the NMIS, which is a pre-requisite in securing recognition of LGUs requesting NMIS accreditation of their slaughter houses.(Quezon PIO)