Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) imposed as a consequence, businesses engaged in farming, agricultural activities and food production are still allowed to transport items and equipment.
A “Food Pass” is a privilege given to suppliers and truckers that go to and from and/or pass through Metro-Manila and other regions during the effectivity of the community quarantine period to ensure unhampered flow of food supply in the affected areas. It has a validity period within the effectivity period of the community quarantine.
How to apply for a Food Lane Pass
The Department of Agriculture encourages applicants to apply online to minimize people to people contact in view of the community quarantine. The applicant can apply through:
If the applicant wishes to apply in person, the applicant can go to any of the following offices; (a) AMAS in case of business permits issued in National Capital Region (NCR), or to RFO-AMADs in case of business permits outside of NCR, or (b) any of the following agencies: PFDA, BAI, SRA, NMIS, BFAR.
Requirements for Food Lane Pass as provided by the Department of Agriculture in Memorandum Circular No. 06, Series of 2020
  1. Business permit (Scanned copy)
  2. Official Receipt of Registration (Scanned copy)
  3. Certificate of Registration (Scanned copy)
  4. Duly accomplished Foodlane Accreditation Application Form*
  5. Duly accomplished Foodlane Reference Form*
  6. Duly Accomplished Statement of Commitment*
  7. Handler’s License and Accreditation of Transport Carrier issued by BAI / accreditation of meat transport vehicle issued by NMIS (for livestock, poultry, and by-products, scanned copy) 
*Forms may be downloaded from this site.
Documents to be presented at checkpoints
  1. Foodlane Accreditation
  2. General Requirement during their normal delivery
  3. Local Shipping Permit (LSP) for Live Animals, Animal Products, and Animal By-Products
  4. Supporting documents required
    • Live poultry and livestock – Veterinary Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian with occurrence of the government veterinarian valid for 3 days from the date of issuance
    • Fresh/frozen meat
      • Imported meat –  NMIS Certification of Meat Inspection (COMI)
      • Locally sourced meat – Meat Inspection Certificate (MIC)
    • Uncooked processed meat products – FDA License to Operate (LTO) and Certificate of Product Registration (CPR)

By: Ma. Czarina A. Fernandez

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