The Department of Trade and Industry R02 began its bid to develop and promote Halal industry in the region with the conduct of the Halal and Food Safety Management System Seminar for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on April 24-25, 2018 at the Negosyo Center, DTI Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

Attended by 45 food processors, food service providers and representatives from the Local Government Units, the event aimed to develop awareness in the participants on the principles of Halal and to inform them of the great potential of Halal certified products in the market. With a large Muslim global population, and with Halal becoming a standard of quality for non-Muslim consumers because these are healthier and safer, “the Halal certified products do have a guaranteed market,” said Ustadh Luqman Bin Usman Imam, President of the Philippine Ulama Congress Organization, Inc. who talked about the basic principles and fundamentals of Halal and the market opportunities in the global trade of PH products and services.

Mr. Joaleo Shahid Linzag, Chairman of the Technical Committee of Islamic Da’Wah Council of the Philippines discussed the requirements of Halal Certification. 

The participants were also updated on Food Safety Management System. Topics such as the Importance of Food Safety, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), 5S of Good Housekeeping, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), among others were discussed by Mr. Menandro B. Ortego of the Philippine Trade Training Center.

These interventions are part of DTI’s commitment to improve MSMEs’ competitiveness and to scale up local products for integration in the global market. As OIC Regional Director Ruben B. Diciano put it “We dream to see our MSMEs soar heights and be known not only in the ASEAN community but across the globe!”