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Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Activities: Philippine Setting. By: GILBERTO F. LAYESE Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards Department of Agriculture, Philippines. Philippine SPS Thrust.
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Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Activities: Philippine Setting
GILBERTO F. LAYESE
Director, Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards
Department of Agriculture, Philippines
Regulatory Agencies in the Philippines Concerned in Ensuring Food, Plant and Animal Safety
- The limited resources of developing countries restrict them in meeting the requirements and to take full advantage of their rights and market access.
- It also limits developing countries in participating efficiently in the setting of internationalstandards.
- Some importing and developed countries are employing standards that are more stringent than the set standards in the domestic markets as well as the prevailing international standards.
- The lack of administrative and legislative coordination pose tremendous drawbacks in the capabilities of the developing countries to comply with SPS measures.
Domestic reforms, including the adoption of science-based strategic food quality management systems such as the HACCP system in the industry is one of the methods by which developed countries could ensure the production of safe and high quality foods that meet the requirements of importing countries. Technical assistance should be directed towards allowing developing countries’ greater access to scientific expertise.
Technical assistance should facilitate access of developing countries to legal expertise and advice, to enhance their effective participation in the WTO dispute settlement procedures. Establishment of institutions such as the ACWL helps realize such an objective.
In the SPS Committee, in international standard-
setting organizations and relevant fora, should
remain as one of the major goals in designing
and implementing technical assistance and
capacity building programmes. In relation to
this, support should be given to the establish-
ment of a trust fund by FAO/WHO to encourage
developing countries to actively participate
in Codex meetings.