LAMITAN CITY, Basilan --The Department of Science and Technology encouraged all partners and stakeholders during the 1st ARMM Halal Summit held recently in Lamitan City, to strengthen halal development program in the region and boost competitiveness of locally produced products in the global market.
Anchored on the theme, “Halal Ecosystem in ARMM for Global Market: Creating Opportunities; Synchronizing Synergy,” the 1st ARMM Halal Summit 2018 was convened to help increase awareness and create inspiration to offer brilliant ideas on how halal programs would create opportunities to reach the global market in the future.
The two-day summit was highlighted with topical discussion of Halal-related programs, policies and activities by different resource speakers emphasizing the importance and awareness to Halal with due respect to religious beliefs of Muslims as stated in the Qur’ an.
Basilan Governor Jim Hataman Salliman together with DOST ARMM Secretary Myra B. Mangkabung, Mayor Rose U. Furigay and guests in the summit led the launching of the Halal Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Lamitan City as a collaborative undertaking of the Department of Science and Technology, Mindanao Autonomous College Foundation Inc. (MACFI), Chamber of Commerce for ARMM and LGU Lamitan City.
DOST said the FIC was established to assist food producers, processors, marketers, and entrepreneurs as they develop, improve and promote their products.
Through the FIC, MSMEs will have access to locally-developed technologies and expertise in the region which is embedded in the academe to propel product prototyping and maximize use of local commodities into globally marketable products.
Meanwhile, different halal products of the MSME participants from Basilan and other municipalities were showcased during the two-day summit. Local delicious foods known as “panyalam” and lukot–lukot, tablea, Yakan cloth and accessories, and dried fish, among others were displayed in different booths at the venue.
During the forum, DOST ARMM Secretary Myra B. Mangkabung said halal requirement is now very important in food industry, agriculture, tourism and business to both domestic and international market.
Mangkabung stressed the importance of halal requirements especially now that the Philippines is a part of the BIMP-EAGA and there’s a need to take advantage on the large halal food consumer purchases in the world market.
To further increase awareness and promote the importance of halal, participants also suggested the inclusion of halal advocacy or education in the curriculum especially in Food Technology course. (ALT/RVC/PIA9-Basilan with reports from Nilda Delos Reyes)
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