DOST ties up with halal certification bodies to support industry in ARMM
By: BONG SARMIENTO
KORONADAL City — The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has forged a partnership with halal certification bodies to raise the region’s potential in the global halal market.
Myra B. Mangkabung, DoST-ARMM secretary, said the agency recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board, Inc. and the Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines, Inc.
Both organizations are accredited by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, the national government agency mandated to promote and protect the rights of Muslims and their concerns in the country.
“The agreement was aimed at strengthening the collaboration with halal-certifying bodies and at exploring opportunities on halal products and services in the region,” Ms. Mangkabung said in a statement.
To strengthen the halal industry in the autonomous region, the first ARMM Halal Congress was held during the recent 2015 National Science and Technology (S&T) Week, which was geared towards helping the Philippines innovate for global competitiveness.
Governor Mujiv S. Hataman, in a statement, said the ARMM is aspiring to become the halal hub of the Philippines.
The governor noted that the global halal industry offers opportunities that the local halal producers can benefit from.
Mr. Hataman said the ARMM, with the help of S&T initiatives, has put in place its Halal Industry Development Program as part of the Mindanao Medium Term Philippine Development Plan.
The halal program is anchored on three pillars: policy and advocacy, infrastructure and support system, and governance.
To cater to the region’s need for testing and analysis, particularly in the food industry, DoST-ARMM established the Halal Standards and Testing Laboratory, which is manned by Muslim chemists trained in halal laboratory procedures.