DA-CAR intensifies processing of Foodlane Accreditation Applications for agri product-carriers; designates two processing areas

To ensure immediate processing of foodlane accreditation applications, the Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) – Cordillera have designated two processing areas, one at the DA-Sub Office within the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) in La Trinidad, Benguet and another at the DA-RFO, Easter Road, Bokawkan, Baguio City, thru the Office of the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD).

The application is necessary especially for those suppliers and truckers that transport basic agricultural and fishery commodities and inputs. An accredited supplier or trucker will be provided a Certificate of Foodlane Accreditation and Food Pass or Sticker that would allow them to pass through the allotted Food express lane, hence, they do not have to use the normal checkpoint lanes.

However, the drivers and their companions will still be subjected to thermal scanning and other DOH protocols.

“The main intention why trucks are asked to apply for Food Pass is to lessen the transport time as vehicles are less subjected to quarantine checkpoints along the highway while delivering their products in the markets usually in Manila so that the vegetables [and other goods] will not be hampered especially that these are perishable goods,” said Jerry Damoyan, AMAD Chief.

This move of the DA-RFO is pursuant to the previous issuances from the DA-Central Office on the implementation of its Food Resiliency Protocol. Under the Protocol, it ensures that “every Filipino household in Luzon and high dense metropolitan areas will have access to safe and affordable food.” This can be met through the unhampered movement of all food and production items through express lanes or Foodlanes despite the Enhanced Community Quarantine throughout Luzon.

Requirements for application include scanned copy of official receipt of registration, scanned copy of certificate of registration, scanned copy of business permit, duly accomplished Foodlane Accreditation Application Form, duly accomplished Foodlane Reference Form, and duly accomplished Statement of Commitment. The three latter requirements can be accomplished personally at the designated processing areas where application forms are readily available. Online application is also encouraged where forms may be downloaded at http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph. Filled-out forms with complete copies of attachments can be sent thru amaddacar2016@gmail.com, the email account of the DA-AMAD, for processing.

Other requirements are listed for those carrying poultry and livestock, including meat and meat products as provided under DA Memorandum Circular no. 5, s. 2020. For transport of live animals, animal products and by-products, a shipping permit must be secured from the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) with accompanying Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. In transporting fresh or frozen meat, secure a shipping permit from BAI with accompanying Meat Inspection Certificate for fresh and locally produced meat or Certificate of Meat Inspection from the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) for imported meat.

To date, there are already more than 110 approved applications since March 17, 2020. This is in addition to the 31 truckers and suppliers with existing accreditation.

Make sure to follow what you stated in your Commitment so as not become a reason to disallow or revoke your accreditation,” emphasized Damoyan.

DA identifies list of food items for unimpeded transit

In the Memorandum Circular No. 07 issued by the Office of DA Secretary on March 17, 2020, it has identified all food items that “must be allowed unhampered and unimpeded transit in all quarantine checkpoints, provided that proper documentation is presented to assigned authorities” as part of its Food Resiliency Protocol.

Identified food commodities are rice; brown sugar and refined sugar; all fruits including coconut; all vegetables and spices; fish and all aquatic produce (fresh, frozen, chilled and dried); live hogs and poultry; all live carabao, cattle, goat and sheep; all eggs (fresh, salted, and balut); milk and all dairy products; all meat (fresh, frozen, chilled); all meat products (semi and fully-processed); all canned food products, and cooking oil.

For farm inputs, these are all items/commodities that are necessary to support the production of basic agricultural products including necessary farm implements to support its production and processing operations.//Janice B. Agrifino, DA-CAR-RAFIS