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Author: Dhannize Mae M. Pili - Science Research Specialist I - PSTC-Tarlac

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to threaten communities, all the more should priority be given to ensure the health of people through proper nutrition. 

Seeking to expand and strengthen its advocacy on food safety, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Tarlac recently turned-over printed information materials to the City Government of Tarlac City. Dr. Maria Carmela Go of the City Health Office received the materials in behalf of Mayor Cristy Angeles.

Through the agency's Grant-in-Aid (GIA) program, posters and magazines were developed by the Tarlac State University (TSU) led by Dr. Lea Milan, Director of TSU- Food Technology Research Center.  Primarily intended for Tarlac City's ambulant food vendors, the magazines and posters feature food safety tips, sanitary food preparation methods and facilities, and personnel hygiene among others. Both materials can contribute to preventing food-borne illnesses by creating awareness that hopefully can turn into everyday practice. " We hope that the findings and recommendations that came out of the project will also lead to the formulation and implementation of risk-based food safety ordinance in Tarlac City," said Dr. Milan who was present at the turn-over activity.

For her part, Mrs. Karen Yango-Danez, DOST-Tarlac Provincial Director, pledged support for the food safety program of Tarlac City. “DOST's assistance will not end in this turn over of magazines, rest assured that we will be your partner in this endeavor of having healthy and safe food for all Tarlaquenos,” she stressed.

The posters and magazines will be officially launched next month.

 

Dr. Milan (rightmost) discussing the findings and recommendations that came out of the project to City Health Officer Dra. Ma. Carmela Go (leftmost)

Handing over of the food safety materials held at City Mayor’s Office. (L-R: Dr. Lea B. Milan- Project Leader. PD Karen Y. Dañez, Ms. Lorina Ledesma- Head-, Business Permit & Licensing Office ,  Dra. Ma. Carmela Go- City Health Officer, Ms. Josephine Florentino-representative of Coun. Christopher Delos Reyes, and Dhannize Mae M. Pili-SRS 1)

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