RAFC 4B to help boost region's Halal industry


In a full council meeting spearheaded by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) December last year, stakeholders from different government agencies discussed the importance of forming a regional technical working group (TWG) to spearhead the development of the Halal industry in Region 4B (MIMAROPA).

“This is in view of the growing market worldwide for Halal products and the attractive business opportunities brought by the ASEAN Economic Community integration,” Regional Agriculture and Fishery Council (RAFC) 4B Chairperson Melquiades Macalintal explained.

The TWG is composed of officials from Department of Science and Technology, Department of Trade and Industry, National Commission of Muslim Filipinos, RAFC and a private sector representative. The Department of Agriculture-Regional Field Office (DA-RFO) Executive Director will serve as chairperson.

A TWG meeting was held last March 13 in Quezon City “to identify all pertinent areas of concern and to formulate plans and programs on investment opportunities in the world market,” he added.

Prior to the meeting, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala signed a memorandum dated February 16, 2015 for the DA RFOs to create their respective TWGs in support to the DA Halal Food Industry Development Program.

“Halal industry is really an important area of concern that we should look into to identify all pertinent areas of concern and formulate plans and programs on investment opportunities for the Halal industry in MIMAROPA,” the RAFC chairperson said.


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