THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Central Luzon recently held a seminar on Halal Basics and Fundamentals.
At least 35 micro, small and medium entrepreneurs (MSMEs) from different parts of Central Luzon, mostly food processors, underwent the said seminar facilitated by the Export Marketing Bureau.
The seminar aimed to orient MSMEs on the significance of the growing Halal market not only in the Philippines but also in the Asean region.
During the seminar, Ustadh Luqman Bin Usman Imam, senior lecturer of the Institute of Islamic Studies of the University of the Philippines, explained the importance of Halal certification not only as a label and marketing tool for entrepreneurs but as an important part of the way of life of Muslims.
He added that Halal certification is an assurance of quality, safety, hygiene and cleanliness, especially in the process of producing food for consumers.
He stressed that certification in the country should conform to the Philippine National Standards, Asean General Guidelines on the Preparation and Handling of Halal Food, as well as the International Code of Practice on Food Hygiene.
DTI Export Marketing Bureau Raison D. Arobinto, for his part, presented the significant opportunities in the Halal Industry not only in the domestic market but in the potential market for local food producers in the international market.
Arobinto noted that the Asean market alone has a population of about 600 million, and that the significant number of Muslim tourists in the country is a ready market for Halal products.
He explained the procedures on claiming a Halal certification via a one-on-one assessment and consultation conducted to interested MSMEs who are willing to get the Halal certification.
The seminar on Halal Basics and Fundamentals was held to support the recently held Regional Halal Stakeholders Congress in November 2018.