In the midst of the implementation of the Luzon-wide community quarantine, the Department of Agriculture (DA) intensified the processing of food pass applications for food producers, manufacturers, traders, and importers to avoid hindrances in the flow of production and distribution of food and agricultural commodities in Metro Manila and other regions amid the enhanced community quarantine.
What is Food Pass Accreditation?
Food pass accreditation is granted to qualified suppliers and truckers that go to and from and/or pass through Metro Manila and other regions to deliver agricultural commodities; it is granted upon the completion of requirements. Food pass will be valid during the community quarantine period only. To pass the food lane, delivery trucks and other vehicles must acquire the food lane stickers. This includes the Certificate of Food lane Accreditation that enables suppliers and truckers of agri-fishery products to preferential incentives but is not limited to:
- Truck ban exemption, subject to MMDA rules, regulations and policies
- Ease of passage in checkpoints and designated food lanes in Metro Manila and other regions
- Immediate assistance during products delivery
This is part of the food lane joint-project of Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to regulate a systematic distribution of agri-fishery products from production sites to markets implemented since 2017.
Eligible applicants are suppliers, delivery truckers, and other related logistics/distribution companies with valid business permits and that are registered with the concerned government agencies to deliver food and/or agricultural produce and/or inputs.
Covered commodities include perishable agricultural commodities like fresh fruits and vegetables, live animals, fishery products, processed food products, and agricultural inputs.
Any uncertified load aside from the said products shall be subject to verification and will be sanctioned upon violation of the law.
In terms of vehicles, all types of delivery vehicles are allowed to pass the food lane. This involves trucks, vans, jeepneys, and AUVs/MPVs but for light vehicles like pick-ups and AUV/MPVs, a maximum of two passengers (1 driver and 1 helper) will only be allowed.
Applicants have two ways to apply: application in-person or online application via http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph; the applicants are encouraged to apply online especially during the enhanced community quarantine period.
Accreditation requirements are the following:
- Official Receipt of Registration and Certificate of Registration (OR/CR) of the vehicle (photocopy and original copy; for online application, scanned original copies must be provided)
- Business permit (photocopy and original copy; for online application, scanned original copies must be provided)
- Accomplished food lane accreditation application form
- Accomplished food lane reference form
- Accomplished statement of commitment
The said forms shall be signed by the owner proprietor for single proprietorship and the authorized officer of the establishment for the cooperative, association or corporation.
Where can applicants apply?
Applicants may go to application centers specifically to any of the following offices: Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) for business permits issued in National Capital Region (NCR) or to RFO-AMADs for business permits issued outside NCR as well as to the following agencies: Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), National Food Authority (NFA), Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).
Applicants can either pick up the food pass at the said DA offices but can also be delivered via the preferred courier at the applicant’s expense. Applicants may also print the pdf copy of the food pass sent to the provided email addresses.
Once the application is approved, accredited delivery suppliers and truckers must place their food lane stickers on the windshield where it can be seen easily. While certificates of accreditation must be laminated and brought for easy verification at the checkpoints. They are also encouraged to display a tarpaulin with the design provided by DA in front of their vehicles.
To get a copy of the required application forms stated above, visit http://agribusiness.da.gov.ph/implementation-procedures-related-to-foodlane-accreditation/