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On 25 April 2023, at the Provincial Capitol of Ilocos Norte, Laoag City. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led by Director General Samuel A. Zacate, conducted an official visit that further aimed to strengthen the support of the leadership of the Province of Ilocos Norte and to discuss future programs and collaboration of the Province with the FDA, Vice Governor Cecile Araneta-Marcos graced the meeting with her presence and to show appreciation for the agency’s efforts to protect the public from unsafe and ineffective health products and to promote consumer safety in Ilocos Norte.

The FDA recognizes the available potential within the region that is not limited to the raw materials, production, and manufacturing of health products for the benefit of the Filipino people and the global community. The importance of FDA regulations alongside the challenges faced by local manufacturers and distributions in compliance with the agency’s regulations were also discussed to further empower the aforementioned potential of the province, the FDA Director General called upon the agency’s regional personnel to discuss and initiate the further expansion and capacitating of the FDA North Luzon Cluster, to go hand-in-hand with the expected influx and institution of health-related establishments in the region.
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