February 7, 2020 – The Anti-Red Tape Authority Director General Jeremiah Belgica met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Health Department of the Local Government of Quezon City and the National Association of
Business Permits and Licensing Office earlier today to discuss the deputization of LGUs to conduct inspections on micro, small, and medium food-processing enterprises with low-risk products.
The said initiative would be pilot-implemented in Quezon City, it being the city with the highest volume of business in the country.
Under current practice, LGUs are to conduct inspections for sanitary permitting apart from the inspections being done by FDA as part of the processing for the issuance of License to Operate (LTO). Through the deputization of inspection functions, LGUs would be able to inspect food manufacturing enterprises for issuance of FDA’s LTO, together with their inspection for sanitary permits, making LGUs as supervising body while retaining jurisdiction to FDA.
The LGU inspectors will be duly trained and provided with the standard checklist for conducting inspections in line with the Good Manufacturing Practice regulations being enforced by the FDA.
The joint endeavor of deputizing LGUs to conduct said functions is aimed to address the backlog of FDA’s Center for Food Regulation & Research (CFRR) in releasing LTOs, which was discussed in previous meetings between ARTA and FDA.
“Working together is the core of what we are doing in ARTA. That’s why we are grateful for FDA and Quezon City who have welcomed and are leading the developments that we need to see in the government. Through this, we will be able to deliver faster and ultimately better service to the people”, Director General Belgica said.