ro4b 2016 occidental mindoro pbatf meeting

On March 4, 2016, NNC-Mimaropa together with other members of the Regional Bantay Asin Task Force (RBATF) was summoned by the Occidental Mindoro Provincial Bantay Asin Task Force (PBATF) to a meeting to discuss strategies in strengthening the role of the task force and improving its implementing mechanisms. Current policies and programs to address iodine deficiency disorders in the country were reviewed, as well as role clarification and delineation of each member agency/department. Specifically, some of the provisions of Executive Order No. 14-09-14 s. of 2014 creating the Provincial Bantay Asin Task Force for Occidental Mindoro were amended, to include other members such as the Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Health. The group also agreed to revisit and update the ordinance on the ASIN law passed by the SP sometime in 1995.

The group also agreed to convene a small group consisting of the FDA, DTI, DOST, PPDO and LGUs of San Jose and Magsaysay to complete the database of salt manufacturers and producers in the province. The database, which will be used for taxation, monitoring, inspection, and advocacy campaigns, will include the classification of salt producers, licenses, and nature of production.
Another highlight of discussion was to strengthen the monitoring, where the MNAOs of San Jose and Magsaysay were assigned to regularly collect samples of iodized salt in the market and test these using the WYD Iodine Checker donated by UNICEF to the province and to the municipality of Magsaysay. These municipalities are where majority of the salt farms in Occidental Mindoro are located and produced.
Still on monitoring of salt, the group tried to address the problem on the functionality of the Titration Lab in the province specifically the absence of a chemist to conduct the analysis. It was agreed that as an initial measure, PNAO Dr. Araceli Rebong will recruit a contractual chemist or medical technologist, and will undergo a series of trainings at Food and Drug Administration to eventually be considered as “expert”.
On advocacy, it was agreed that FDA Regional Office will target one salt manufacturer in the province to be certified for the Saktong Iodine sa Asin Seal (SISA). This then will be promoted during the launching of the SISA in the province as soon as certified, to encourage more salt manufacturers to also aim for the seal. Other members of the task force were also enjoined to show the audio visual and other IEC materials shared by NNC-Mimaropa in schools, ports and other public areas.