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Earlier this month (March 6), a Joint Club meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Metro Iloilo and Makati-Paseo De Roxas was held at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City.

iloilo event award

The primary theme of the event was focused on "Food Safety is a Must: A Presentation to the Food Sector of Iloilo City". 

More than 50 Rotary Club members and representatives of the Hotel and Restaurant Club of Iloilo attended the event. SGS Philippines shared a presentation on the relevance and importance of Food Safety compliance to the community and to individuals in the food supply chain. A more in-depth explanation of Food Safety Management Systems and its integration with Quality Management Systems was discussed by Mr. Roger Villanueva, the Business Director of the SGS Certification and Business Enhancement division. SGS was also represented by its two Certification Sales Representatives – Ms. Claire Sumicad and Ms. Sahar Varona.

An open forum was also facilitated by Ms. Jacqueline Go (Engineer and Kitchen Design Consultant; Owner of Auro Chocolates) and SGS Philippines. The questions circulated on the issues of Food Safety given the increase in online deliveries due to COVID-19, safety of internationally and locally sourced raw materials, proper use of food packaging and utensils, and management of customer feedback. 

Some key takeaways from the open forum emphasized on the benefits of the implementation of GMP and HACCP Principles to the food service industry, for both consumers and businesses. Establishing food safety  management systems in place will give businesses a competitive advantage in the strictly regulated and continuously evolving food industry.

Iloilo eventParticipants at the Rotary Club meeting at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City

The event ended with both Rotary Clubs' pledge to deliver information campaigns on basic food safety principles to more food establishments and food handlers in the country. SGS Philippines, through its SGS Academy, offered support through the provision of basic food safety standards' overview. SGS Academy will also share its numerous online resources to the Rotary Clubs, who will help cascade information though online and offline means.

For further information, please contact:

Nelirene "NELI" M. Dablio
Certification and Business Enhancement
Marketing Manager, Food Training Manager
m: +63 (917) 584 94 64

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 94,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.