Marawi City, Philippines — The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) will formally launch to the general public the first ever Philippine-made ready-to-eat rice (RTE) and chicken packed meals in time for the agency’s 119th founding anniversary this week.
The manufacturer of the 911 Foods ready-to-eat rice and chicken meals — Ana’s Breeder Farm of Davao City — has secured a clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prior to the distribution of the packed food, the DAF Secretary Manny F. Piñol said in his Facebook post.
The ready to eat Rice and Chicken meal, comes in three Filipino taste recipes – afritada, curry and adobo – was scheduled for an assessment by Health Secretary Paulynn Ubial in a meeting last Friday, June 16, with specialists of the DAF office on food safety, Secretary Piñol said.
The 911 Foods RTE meals will be packed in aluminum foils and are “produced using international HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and Halal food safety standards” to ensure their permissibility for consumption by Muslim and non-Muslims alike, the DAF brass said.
The 911 Foods was established by siblings Jonathan and Rachel Ann Suy who collaborated to prepare the ready-to-eat rice meals, are “donating their first production to the evacuees, soldiers and policemen in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur,” DAF chief Manny F. Piñol added.
Piñol earlier said that the scheduled donation of at least 10,000 packs of 911 Foods’ ready-to-eat rice meals to Marawi crisis-affected soldiers and civilians in his visit earlier to more than 20,000 refugees in an evacuation center in Balo-I, Lanao del Norte.
Piñol distributed relief goods assembled by DAF staffs on instruction of the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
The DAF secretary, who can speak “fractured” Maranao dialect, told the evacuees: “Our President, your ‘tunganay” (blood relative), cares for you.”
“President Duterte has been proud about his having a Maranao blood by his maternal grandmother’s lineage from the Samporna clan of Lanao,” Piñol added.
Piñol was accompanied by a former Maranao ambassador to the Middle East in his visit to Marawi City, whom he quoted as telling the evacuees that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) military offensives in this city were meant to eliminate all the terrorist elements and in due course build a new Marawi characterized by a good governance.