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Manila, Philippines – Banking on the halal industry’s potential for trade and investments, private sector throws in their support for the development of the Philippine Halal Export Industry.

During the recently concluded Philippine Halal Forum in Manila Hotel last October 17, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), with the Market Encounter Goes to Manila signed a commitment along with the Halal Export Board, to fully support the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program under the Republic Act 10817 and the Philippine National Strategic Plan towards the development and promotion of Philippine Halal Export Products and Services.

The Halal Export Board is chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry, with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and two Filipino Muslim professionals as members.

The forum formed part of the private sectors’ effort to ensure that the country’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are able to take advantage of the opportunities and trends in the global halal market. It also discussed the key processes to apply for Halal certification, as well provided a venue for SMEs to learn more about the Halal Industry. It was attended by the PCCI members, as well as foreign delegates from Middle East.

According to the presentation presented by MinDA Secretary Datu Abul Khayr Alonto during the forum, the global Halal industry is estimated to be worth around US$3 trillion and will continue to grow in the next years. He added that Mindanao has the potential to be a top producer of major Halal food products especially poultry and livestock given that the island-region is bird flu and foot and mouth disease-free.

MinDA is pushing to capacitate the Local Government Units by creating the Mindanao Halal Council which will serve as the collective voice of Mindanao in terms of Halal development. 

“This is why are glad to have our private sectors as champions for Halal development, to have the larger players work our SMEs in being a part of this promising Halal export market, in our local industry” Alonto said.

He further urged the private sector to support key developments in Mindanao including the establishment of the Agro Economic Zones and the development of the Tawi-tawi Freeport and Economic Zone, which are seen to strengthen Mindanao’s position in the Halal sector.

“These are key initiatives that we are pursuing to further open up Mindanao for investments, considering its strategic proximity to the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia and the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA),” Alonto added.

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