BAMBANG, Nueva Vizcaya: Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the province of Nueva Vizcaya and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 2 (DA-RFO2) have become the country's pioneer in enforcing the "Food Safety Act of 2013" or Republic Act 10611 and promoting the extensive use of rapid test kits for vegetables.

"I would like to recognize the province of Nueva Vizcaya and its leaders for ushering us the way fastidiously enforcing the Food Safety Act of 2013," Dar said during his recent visit to the province.

Dar was at the Nueva Vizcaya Agricultural Terminal (NVAT), a 6.5-hectare facility located in Barangay Almaguer North along the national road here, to visit the Mini-Pesticide Testing Laboratory.

He also led the mass labeling of pesticide-residue-safe vegetables in NVAT and the awarding of certificates of compliance to farmers cooperatives and associations (FCAs) and municipalities on pesticide residue-safe and aflatoxin.

Dar also recognized the DA-RFO2 leadership with Director Narciso Edillo at the helm and Assistant Director Rose Mary Aquino.

"[It] will be etched in the history that other regions will imitate what Region 2 has done," Dar said.

Dar also led the mass labeling of pesticide-residue-safe vegetables in NVAT and the awarding of certificates of compliance to farmers cooperatives and associations (FCAs) and municipalities on pesticide residue-safe and aflatoxin.

Edillo said these FCAs have completed their training on good agricultural practices or GAP and passed the food safety requirements of the Agriculture department.

The FCAs were from the towns of Ambaguio, Bagabag Dupax del Norte, Quezon, Kayapa, Santa Fe, Kasibu, Bambang, Solano and Bayombong in Nueva Vizcaya plying mostly to areas in Metro Manila with their vegetables and fruits trucks that are food-safety compliant.

Meanwhile, Dar vowed to support and assist the municipal mayors of Nueva Vizcaya with the DA providing counterpart funds and facilitie