Gov't lauds S&T mobile laboratory
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (31 October) -- Councilor Pilar C. Braga lauded the Science and Technology Mobile Laboratory launched recently by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) which could also served as venue for facilitating permits and laboratory in determining product quality standards.
Councilor Braga, in her privilege speech during the session of the city council said the MOLAB is the first of its kind in the entire Mindanao, a springboard to promote food safety and east the bottleneck faced by rural enterprises in acquiring permits.
The MOLAB is capable of providing low cost, fast and onsite services that would accelerate licensing procedures, thereby enhancing the small and medium entrepreneurs in the food industry to meet basic food safety and quality requirements of international markets and local consumers.
Councilor Braga said that currently only a small percentages or about 20% of micro and small food enterprises in Mindanao have BFAD licenses signifying low compliance on basic food safety regulations.
Main reasons for the inability to secure such compliance certificates are the remoteness from laboratory testing facility; laboratory fees are not affordable to small enterprises; lack of awareness, understanding and appreciation of food safety and its implications to business growth.
Because of these reason, the DOST in region eleven together with the Strategic Development Cooperation-Asia and the European Union, responded with the MOLAB, so that this could penetrate the rural areas all over Mindanao.
MOLAB provides basic analytical laboratory such as water potability test, etc. and provides food technician support services such as preparation of BFAD technical requirements for licensing permits, etc; and provides food safety mobile resource center. (PIA-XI) [top]