Halal Food Industry Development Program
(Background)

 

  1. 2004-2010 – National Commission on Muslim Filipinos

Prior to the creation of the Halal Project Management Office, the Halal Food Industry was handled by the National Meat Inspection Service, an agency under the Department of Agriculture, though Special Order No. 503, s. 2004 issued by then Secretary Arthur C. Yap. In 2010, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) was created through Republic Act No. 9997 under the Office of the President. The NCMF is mandated to “promote and develop the Philippine Halal food industry and accredit halal-certifying entities/bodies for the utmost benefit of Muslim Filipinos in partnership or cooperation with appropriate agencies, individuals and institutions here and abroad.” The NCMF mandate on accreditation of Halal- certifying bodies was revoked in the succeeding law, Republic Act No. 10817.

 

  1. 2010- 2016 Halal Food Industry Development Committee

 

 

In the same year, the Halal Food Industry Development Committee through Special Order No. 593, s. 2010 was recreated as the committee to spearhead the development of the local Halal economy.
In 2011, the then Secretary Proceso Alcala issued Special Order No. 82, s. 2011 to form a Technical Working Group (TWG) tasked to formulate the Philippine National Standards (PNS) on Halal Agriculture and Fishery Products (101), Halal Slaughtering Procedures for Poultry (103) and Ruminants (102), and Halal Feeds (135). The PNS was created, finalized and approved by the DA through the joint efforts of the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS). The Regional Field Offices were then tasked to designate Regional Halal Focal persons and their alternatives to effectively disseminate the implementation of the said standards.

 

 

 

2012-2013 Conduct of Halal Food Standards seminar awareness for Halal stakeholders in Regions IV-A, VII, IX, X, XII and XIII by DA through BAFS, in collaboration with Regional Field Offices and various relevant DA agencies.

 

Amendment of Special Order No. 593 Series of 2010 through Special Order No. 13 series of 2013 strengthening the Department of Agriculture (DA) Halal Food Industry Development Committee through designation of NMIS as Chairperson and BAFS as Vice Chairperson while DAF – ARMM was designated as Overall Coordinator.

 

Development of PNS on Halal Feeds (animal and aquaculture feeds) by BAFS through TWG created by Special Order No. 377 series of 2013

2014     Creation of Executive Committee, Technical Working Group (TWG)     and Secretariat of DA HFIDP through Special Order No. 853 series 2014.

 

Endorsement of DA HFIDP as DA Banner program by the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) Sectoral Committees on Poultry, Livestock and Feed Crops (CPLFC),  Fisheries and Aquaculture (CFA), Commercial Crops (CC) and Agricultural and Fishery Mechanization (AFMEC) through Resolution No. 1 Series of 2014.

 

Halal Orientation Seminar for DA-RFU XI Key Program Implementers at Bangoy, Davao City– 26 June 2014.

 

Halal Slaughtering and Butchering Training at Koronadal City – 20 to 23 August 2014

 

Consultative Forum to General Policies to Increase Awareness on Halal System and Industry at Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City – 16 to 17 December 2014 (Livestock Development Council and ATI)

 

2015  Advocacy Seminar on Halal for Policy Makers and Field Implementers in Mindanao (Spearheaded by ATI, 24 March 2015, Koronadal City);

 

Advocacy Seminar on Halal for Policy Makers and Field Implementers in Mindanao (Spearheaded by ATI, 24 June 2015, Butuan City);

 

Advocacy Seminar on Halal for Policy Makers and Field Implementers in Mindanao (Spearheaded by ATI, 30 Sept 2015, Pagadian City);

 

Advocacy Seminar on Halal for Policy Makers on Halal-Focus on Halal Broiler Production, Markets and Opportunities in Mindanao (Spearheaded by ATI, 1 December 2015, Cagayan De Oro);

 

Seminar Workshop on Halal Standards for ASEAN and China (Spearheaded by BAFS, 27-29 October 2015);

 

Seminar-Workshop for the DA Halal Food Industry Development Program (Spearheaded by BAFS, 09-11 December 2015, Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City);

 

Development of Philippine National Standards for Halal Feeds (PNS/BAFS 139:2015)

2016 1.Development of Philippine National Standards of the following:

a. Halal agriculture and fishery products (PNS/BAFS 101:2011/2016)

b. Code of Halal slaughtering practices for ruminants (PNS/BAFS 102:2011/2016)

c. Code of Halal slaughtering practices for poultry (PNS/BAFS 103:2011/2016)

2.  Establishment of Halal slaughterhouse in Cotabato City.

3. Training on Halal Broiler Production in Cagayan De Oro (Spearheaded by ATI RTC X, 7-11 March 2016, Gusa, Cagayan De Oro)

4. Alignment-Workshop on Halal Standards for ASEAN and China (Spearheaded by BAFS, 26-28 April 2016, Manila, Philippines)

5. 12th ASEAN Working Group on Halal Foods (AWGHF) (Hosted by the Philippine DA, 12-14 May 2016, Manila, Philippines)

6. Participation in deliberation of Senate Bill No. 2831: Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2015 and House Bill No. 137: An Act Creating the Philippine Halal Accreditation and Regulatory Board and for Other Purposes;

7. Enactment of Republic Act of 10817 also known as the “Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016” on May 16, 2016;

8. Proposal of RTD Region 4A for the upgrading of Tanaan “AA” slaughterhouse to “AAA” Halal slaughterhouse on Aug. 4, 2016.

  3. Participation to public consultations of DTI-EMB for the drafting of IRR of RA 10817;

5. Conduct of DA-HFIDP EXECOM Meeting held last Dec. 08, 2016; and

 

2017 2. Conduct of 1st DA-HFIDP TWG Meeting for CY 2017 held last Jan. 25, 2017;

 

  1. 2016- Republic Act No. 10817

In 2016, the National Government renewed its continued support to the Halal industry by enacting R.A. 10817 entitled “The Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016”. The said law was enacted to “promote growth and ensure the integrity and quality of Philippine Halal exports, exercise police power against trade malpractices, develop and promote Halal industries, and protect consumers and users from unscrupulous and unfair agricultural, manufacturing and trade practices. The Act also establishes the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program with comprehensive set of objectives, targets, strategies, and activities for the growth of Halal industries, as follows:

  1. Development and application of Halal standards and practices
  2. Organization and development of accredited certification bodies
  3. Identification and expansion of markets
  4. Forging international and bilateral agreements
  5. Industry development and promotion
  6. Consumer awareness and fair trade practices
  7. Provision of common service facilities

 

After its enactment, a TWG was created by the Secretary of Trade and Industry Ramon M. Lopez in order to formulate the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR). The TWG was headed by Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Macatoman,  also under the DTI, and is composed of various Departments and Agencies including the Department of Agriculture. Prior to its finalization, public consultations were held to apprise the public and gather their comments.

 

  1. 2016-2017 Halal Food Industry Development Program

To build momentum in the growing Halal economy, Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol signed Special Order No. 956, s. 2016 Entitled “Amendment of Special Order No. 853 S. 2014 Re: Creation of the Halal Food Industry Development Program Executive Committee (HFIDP EXECOM), HFIDP Technical Working Group (HFIDP TWG), TWG Secretariat and Halal Program Management Office (HPMO)”, in relation to Republic Act No. 10817, or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016”.

Since then, the Halal Program has since been transferred to the management of the Halal Program Management Office (HPMO) under the supervision of Undersecretary Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen. The HPMO acts as Secretariat and coordinating body to all regions and attached agencies who have programs involving Halal.

With the creation of the DA-Halal Food Industry Development Executive Committee (DA-HFIDEC) and DA Halal Food Industry Development Program Technical Working Group (DA-HFIDP TWG), several initiatives have been carried out guided by the eight (8) specific program components of the DA HFIDP. Specifically, the summaries of activities undertaken are as follows, based on program components:

 

1) Establishment of the eight (8) program components/strategic directions:

 

  1. Halal food program regulatory framework;
  2. Halal standards and enabling regulations;
  3. Halal agri-fishery production;
  4. Halal infrastructure;
  5. Capability building activities and development of IEC materials and quad-media promotions on Halal;
  6. Halal linkage and networking;
  7. Halal food products promotion; and
  8. Halal research and development

 

2) Formulation of vision, mission, core values and strategic goals, as well as the operational plans and budget for 2018 onwards. 

 

3) Participation in the drafting of the IRR for RA 10817 also known as the “Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016 spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry DTI

 

4) Establishment/Upgrading of Halal Infrastructure:

  1. Upgrading of Halal slaughterhouse from “AA” to “AAA” in Cotabato City in partnership with the local government unit
  2. Proposal of RTD Region IV-A on upgrading from “AA” to “AAA” Halal slaughterhouse in Tanauan City, Batangas

5) Halal Linkage and Networking

  1. Collaboration with National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – Regular Inter-Agency Meetings
  2. Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU) and University Southern Mindanao (USM) – Research and Development on Halal Goat Production and Assurance Protocol
  3. Mindanao Development Authority – BIMP EAGA Proposal on Value Chain on Halal Certification Analysis
  4. Local Government Units – Establishment of Halal Slaughterhouse in Cotabato City
  5. ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food – Finalization of the Strategic Plan of Action(SPA) on ASEAN Halal Cooperation 2020
  6. The Republic of Turkey, through the Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) and in collaboration with The Standards Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) – Participation in the World Halal Summit in Istanbul last 15-18 December 2016

 

 

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