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“The overall objective is simply to improve the income situation of farmers and food processors in the country and to increase the competitiveness of the food industry sector in the Philippines, and improving the competitiveness means compliance to food safety standards for farmers and food processors”, Mr. Dietmar Speckmaier, OURFood Program Manager explains one of the aims of AFOS Foundation.  

The Davao Food Safety Team (DFST), a project of the Department of Science and Technology and a long-time partner of the AFOS Foundation actively participated in the said conference sending four (4) of its members namely Ms. Jenefritz Salipod, Ms. Leslie Pearl Cancio, Ms. Nema Freya Cebritas and Ms. Eva Jean Villaceran. Dr. Anthony C. Sales, Regional Director of the DOST XI as one of the first members of the DFST and a strong advocate in promoting food safety in the country was invited by AFOS to speak on the DOST National Food Safety Program. Dr. Sales also mentioned some of the programs of the agency including the Food Innovation Center, OneLab and the OneExpert project among others which are all beneficial for all those involved in the agriculture and food processing industry.

Speakers from all over the country and abroad were invited to speak and provide updated information regarding the importance of food safety compliance, the challenges encountered as well as the benefits and market opportunities.

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The second day of the conference was divided into four (4) breakout assemblies to allow participants to join in either of the following technical sessions: “Food Safety for MSMEs”, “Food Safety at Farm”, “Food Safety for Exporting Companies” and “Food Safety in Food Service”.  

The Market Encounter and Exhibition was done at Robinsons Galleria Cebu Activity Center showcasing the various fresh farm produce of AFOS-assisted farms. The event was open to the public.

With the resounding success of the 1st OURFood Conference, AFOS Foundation promised to organize a 2nd Food Safety Conference in 2017.


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