International Eid’l Adha Celebration 2017

In commemoration of this year’s Eid’l Adha, the Department of Agriculture (DA), in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Local Government of Quezon City through the QC Muslim Consultative Council (QCMCC), and the UP-Institute of Islamic Studies (UP-IIS) spearheaded the International Eid’l Adha Celebration 2017 with the theme “Advancing Halal Foods and Industry” last September 4, 2017 at the Quezon City Hall Lobby, Quezon City.

Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen, Undersecretary for Special Concerns of the Department of Agriculture, and Chairperson of the DA-Halal Food Industry Development Program Executive Committee (DA-HFIDEC), opened the program and emphasized that the event aims to help in the promotion of the Halal industry in the country, contribute to the programs and policies of the government in boosting halal trade economy and to the initiatives of the government in promoting Philippines as an alternative Halal producer. This is line with the marching order of the Secretary of Agriculture Emmanuel F. Piñol to solidify the promotion of the DA-Halal Food Industry Development Program (DA-HFDIP) through massive orientation and advocacies. The Undersecretary also stated that the HFIDP is now a banner program of the Department of Agriculture thereby highlighting its importance.

District II Councilor Estrella C. Valmocino of Quezon and Executive Director Tahir S. Lidasan, Jr. of the NCMF expressed their support in the growth of the Halal Program through the implementation of programs and projects of DA pertaining to Halal. They also expressed their joy upon knowing that the DA has allotted funds for the growth of the Halal industry stating that it would really help the Muslim Filipinos in advancing Halal in the country.

Ms. Grace A. Marzan, Division Chief of the Regional Monitoring of the DOT, stated that the Philippines ranked number 46 in the list of Halal Friendly Travel Destinations. She stated that the Philippines is being marketed as a very hospitable country with catchy phrases in their video advertisements such as ‘When you’re with Filipinos, You’re with Family’ and ‘It’s more Fun in the Philippines’. She stated that the Halal economy will serve as a great assistance to accommodate tourists in our country.

Dean Macrina A. Morados of UP – Institute of Islamic Studies mentioned that the Eid’l Adha celebration is not just for Muslims but also for non-Muslims. She stressed that the Muslims and Christians share the same ancestors. She highlighted that celebrating Eid’l Adha is a form of remembering the value of forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. She also emphasized that “Halal is not just about food but rather a lifestyle for those that belong in the Muslim religion. Halal is the way the people live, from the clothes they wear, cosmetics that they use, and the way they earn their money. The goal of this is to attain a clean and seamless lifestyle.”

Another component of the program was a lecture session given by the following and their topics: 1) Mr. Mehment Unal, a Theologian Writer from Turkey, presented the Essence of Eid’l Adha; 2) Mr. Darwin Absari, a University Researcher of UP-IIS, presented the concepts of Halal; 3) Mr. Ali Mamailao, Chief Division of Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs of NCMF presented the Halal program in the Philippines; 4) Mr. Datubimban Pangonotan Jr., Planning Officer of DA-Halal Program Management Office; 5) Mr. Albino Ganchero, Assistant Division Chief of DTI Halal Section, presented the ASEAN Halal Market and the RA 10817 or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016; and 6) Ustadz Alexander Sultan presented the Halal International Chamber Commerce and Industry of the Philippines.

 

Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Macatoman of Department of Trade and Industry gave the closing remarks and expressed his gratitude to the guests, organizers and participants for the success of the event. He is optimistic that with the cooperation of the government agencies and private sectors, there will be progress in the Halal industry of the Philippines.

 

 

-Sahraman C. Disomimba-