ARMM to host 1st Halal Congress

October 7, 2015 10:09 am 

COTABATO CITY, Oct. 7 — The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will hold the first ever "Halal Congress" on Oct. 9 in line with the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week, officials said.

Mon-Em Abangad, the agency’s information officer, said the development of the region’s halal industry is among the top economic agendas of the present ARMM administration.

Halal means permissible and Islam requires Muslims to consume only halal foods and drinks.

It will feature an exhibit of halal-certified products in the region and a forum on updates on halal technology and industry.

The region’s Science and Technology department (DOST-ARMM) will spearhead the event to be held at the Alnor Convention Hall.

Abangad said promotion of the halal industry and future partnerships with different sectors and organizations will be discussed in the congress.

The activity will also create awareness on the concept of halal and its effect in the economy of the region and in the entire country, Abangad added.

At least 200 participants are expected to attend from ARMM and nearby areas.

Invited speakers will be from malaysia who will tackle the global halal industry as well as halal research and development.

During the congress, a memorandum of understanding will be signed between DOST-ARMM and Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board Inc. and Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines, Inc. Both groups are halal-certifiers accredited by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.

The memorandum is expected to strengthen the collaboration between DOST-ARMM and the halal-certifying bodies on halal promotion.

Abangad said many commodities, both food and non-food items, sold in the domestic market are now halal-certified.

Halal products are entirely free of pork, alcohol and, in case of meat, specifically poultry and livestock, slaughtered in accordance with what is prescribed in Islam.(PNA)

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