Monday, November 30, 2009

Philippine Halal Industry Received Boost at 2009 Mindanao Halal Forum

Mindanao’s halal industry got another boost from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region 12 as it staged the 2009 Mindanao Halal Forum held last November 23 -24, 2009 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel in Makati City.

Carrying the theme, “Enhancing Halal Science and Technology for Economic Growth and Social Equity”, the Forum aims to increase the level of awareness of Halal stakeholders from the government, industry/ private sector on the contemporary global Halal industry; identify and disclose challenges and problems within the Halal supply and value chain; and, explore and generate trends and opportunities in the Halal Industry primarily thru Halal Science and Technology for economic growth and social equity.

Halal may be food or non-food items permissible in Islam.

According DOST regional director Dr. Haja Sittie Shayma Zenaida Hadji Raof-Laidan, there are an estimated two billion Muslim consumers abroad, but non-Muslims can also be tapped since Islam does not bar them from consuming the halal products. She estimated the global halal market value at not less than $600 billion.

She added that the Philippines has barely captured 1% of the Halal market worldwide. While there were Halal-certified products in the Philippines, the main problem was the absence of a Halal forensic laboratory, so the Muslim authorities could confirm the integrity of the product. Dr. Laidan revealed the Philippines Department of Science and Technology will be constructing a laboratory for Halal certification to address the issue.

For more information about the event, contact DOST-Region 12 at (6364) 421-2711, 421-6908, or visit their website at


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