DA Holds Halal Trade Fair and Exhibit in Davao City

 

To solidify the promotion of DA-Halal Food Industry Development Program (DA-HFIDP) through Massive Orientation and Advocacy, the Department of Agriculture conducted the Halal Trade Fair and Exhibit at SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City on November 23-25, 2017.

 

Themed “Investing and Nurturing the Philippine Halal Industry”, the three-day event was intended to raise public awareness on the availability of Philippine-produced Halal products in the market and facilitate trade among suppliers, consumers and institutional buyers. The primary objectives of the said event are (1) 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 (2) to contribute to the initiatives of the government in promoting Philippines as an alternative halal producer.

The trade fair had graced by some heads of the offices and stakeholders such as DA Undersecretary Atty. Ranibai D. Dilangalen, Secretary Datu Abul khayr D. Alonto od the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), DTI Assistant Secretary Abdulgani Macatoman, Regional Director Norhaida Mamukid-Lumaan of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – Region six (6) Moro tribes in Davao City.

Undersecretary Atty. Dilangalen said that Halal is not exclusive for Muslims, but it is for all. While the government is very serious in developing and promoting the Halal industry in the country, she stressed that the event is aligned with the directive of DA Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol to solidify promotion of the Department of Agriculture – Halal Food Industry Development Program (DA-HFIDP).

DTI Assistant Secretary Macatoman said that activity like this can definitely be the springboard in boosting the Halal trade economy of the country and contribute to the government’s program in promoting the Philippines as an alternative Halal producer.

On the other hand, Secretary Alonto of MinDA lauded the DA on its initiatives in promoting the Philippine Halal industry. He also said that Mindanao will lead in advancing the halal agenda in the country since Mindanao is in a strategic site to be the halal production hub of the Philippines given its established links to sub-regional groups, including the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EGA)

Various of activities had conducted in this event which includes (1) Trade Fair and Exhibit, (2) Seminar on Halal, (3) Cultural Presentations, and others.

Most of the exhibitors were small and medium enterprises who have acquired halal certifications. Moro foods, delicacies, and handicrafts were also showcased by the Moro tribes. Five (5) Certifying bodies were also participated in the exhibits:
Islamic Da‘wah Council of the Philippines, Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines, Inc., Mindanao Halal Authority, Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board Inc., and Halal Development Institute of the Philippines.

The Department of Agriculture is one of the implementing agencies of Republic Act (RA) 10817 otherwise known as the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016. The law mandates the Department of Agriculture (DA), among other agencies to promote and develop the Halal industry in the Philippines.