• Law on ‘halal’ exports seen boosting trade

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    EXPORTS of Philippine halal products are expected to receive a boost with a new law facilitating their shipments abroad.

    Republic Act (RA) 10817, or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act signed by former President Benigno Aquino 3rd, aims to establish a comprehensive program for the development and promotion of halal exports.

    “In fact, it [law]will put our halal products in a better position in the world market because these will be promoted by the DTI [Department of Trade and Industry]. If the DTI has promotion activities, it can now include halal products,” said Export Development Council (EDC) Deputy Executive Director Emma Mijares.

    Mijares said the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has been mandated to accredit halal-certifying entities or bodies.

    “Although they certify, it seems that they don’t promote exports of halal [products]. So the new law enables the DTI Export Marketing Bureau to promote exports of products and services. But the certifiers are still the same,” she added.

    Mijares said the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the law is expected to be issued in September.

    She believes there is a growing halal market, with even the United States and Europe having markets for these products apart from Muslim countries.

    DTI-EMB Director Senen Perlada earlier said the halal trade in the Philippines has great potential for growth.

    A study conducted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) showed that the global halal market is projected to grow to $1.6 trillion by 2018.

    Perlada said halal food trade alone is projected to contribute $630 billion to this amount.

    Meanwhile, the government will formulate the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Program to cover the entire value chain for food, products and services, agricultural production, manufacturing, export and marketing assistance and application of Halal certification standards.

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