(L-R: Dir. Senen Perlada, DTI-EMB / COS Abul Khayr Alonto II, MinDA / Usec. Falconi V. Millar, DOT / Usec. Ranibai Dilangalen, DA / Comm. Analiza G. Flores-Malayang, NCMF / Sec. Ramon M. Lopez, DTI / Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo, BSP / Asec. Leo Herrera-Lim, DFA / Asec. Abdulgani Macatoman, DTI / Deputy Director Annabelle Briones, PhD, DOST)

Signing of the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of RA10817 

On July 26, 2017, the members of the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Board, with their corresponding representatives, convened at the Industry and Investments Building, Department of Trade of Industry (DTI), Makati City for the signing of the final draft of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 10817 also known as “PHILIPPINE HALAL EXPORT DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTION Act of 2016”.

The Halal Board, which was established in line with Republic Act 10817, is led by the Secretary of Trade and Industry and is in charge of overseeing the Philippine Halal development and promotion programs as well as the accreditation of Halal-certification and testing bodies. Each member of the Board presented their agencies’ commitments and plans on the implementation and promotion of Halal programs in order to boost the development of the Halal industry in the Philippines.

            The Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), is mandated to (1) formulate and harmonize Halal standards with the other countries and other international standard-setting organizations, and (2) upgrade and provide facilities like slaughterhouses, warehouses, cold-storage facilities and laboratories to ensure the quality of Halal products. Thus, the DA plans to strengthen the Halal Food Industry Development Program (HFIDP) to promote environment-friendly and sustainable Halal farm practices and provide alternative recreation facilities. Most importantly, it seeks to raise awareness and encourage investors to participate in the economy and business of Halal.