Over 50 food handlers, restaurant and bakeshop operators, and refilling station owners and representatives attended food safety and sanitation management training held in the town of Rizal, southern Palawan, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Provincial Health Office (PHO).
The three-day training’s aim was to ensure that the participants are aware of proper food handling and how they can lessen the risk of foodborne illnesses and protect human health.
Elvie Lao, volunteer barangay sanitation inspector (VBSI) program manager of the Provincial Health Office, said the training is important for food safety in Rizal.
“Nag-conduct tayo ng food safety and sanitation training sa Rizal last time para sa mga food operators like owner ng restaurants, cafeteria o carinderia. Sinama na rin natin ‘yong mga water refilling stations at bakeshops, kasi kailangan nila ito lalo na for food safety ng kanilang lugar,” Lao said.
She said among the topics that were discussed were proper handwashing, hazard food, cross-contamination, preventive cross-contamination, personal hygiene, food content, food preparation, pest control, and food safety legislation in case there are violations in food safety and sanitation.
The training was done according to Republic Act 10611 or “The Food and Safety Act of 2003.