|Updating the Stakeholders. The Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) conducted online consultation and orientation on Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 195, October 5-7.|
Following the issuance of the Department of Agriculture (DA) Special Order No. 284, series of 2020, dated March 4, 2020, the Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) recently collaborated to conduct online consultation and orientation on Fisheries Administrative Order (FAO) No. 195, October 5-7.
The DA Special Order. 284, s. 2020 reiterates the implementation of provisions stated in the FAO No. 195 or the Rules and Regulations Governing Importation of Fresh/Chilled/Frozen and Fishery Aquatic Products.
FAO No. 195 was effectively implemented starting October 25, 1999 in line with the government's “intent of adopting a flexible policy towards the attainment of food security; in response to the emerging trends in the trade of fish and other aquatic products in domestic and international markets; in recognition of the need to ensure food safety on imported fish and fishery/aquatic products.”
It was later amended in 2003 with specific updates on Section 9 covering the guidelines on accreditation.
The online consultation was participated by more than 200 stakeholders from various groups and businesses in processing, canning, and institutional buyers.
Port Managers from PFDA Regional Fish Ports particularly Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC), General Santos Fish Port Complex (GSFPC), and Davao Fish Port Complex (DFPC) attended the activity.
The PFDA – Operations Services Department presented the agency background, operations, services to the participants.
Full copy of the FAO No. 195 issuances can be accessed through the BFAR Database below:
FAO No. 195, s. 1999 - https://www.bfar.da.gov.ph/LAW?fi=337
FAO No. 195, s. 2003 https://www.bfar.da.gov.ph/LAW?fi=338
(Public Information Division with report and photos from the PFDA- Navotas Fish Port Complex)