Iloilo City to host APEC meeting on food security

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ILOILO CITY: Business establishments catering to the food industry are gearing up for the city’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Conference on Food Security on October 15 to 17, 2015.

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The Iloilo Business Club and the Department of Tourism regional office here, in collaboration with the Iloilo Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Association (IHRRA) recently finished a training on international cuisine designed primarily for APEC delegates.

The mentoring and certification on food preparation and presentation for APEC 2015 was highlighted by a graduation of chefs and cooks last month. However, the DOT said the training on international cuisine is ongoing as more business establishments in the food industry are sprouting in the city.

A seminar on preparation of halal foods is being planned for the first quarter of 2015.
APEC is composed of 21 member nations and only the Philippines is considered a Christian country while the rest are Muslims and other Asian races.

The Ministerial Conference on Food Security is spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

DA Regional Director Larry Nacionales said that Western Visayas is a top food producer and there is no fear of acute shortage of food products for APEC delegates.

Nacionales said the region is ready to supply food materials including halal products not only to the APEC delegates but also for the burgeoning international community and business locators in the city and Iloilo.

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