In the capacity building training conducted by the Department of Agriculture (DA-7), with a theme “Halal Food Industry Development Program, the DA strongly believe that halal prepared foods could prosper in both domestic and foreign markets, moreso with the growing muslim population in bigger cities.
Halal, a muslim associated term mentioned in the quoran is defined as clean, permissible and lawful. Halal prepared/processed food while ‘meant’ for out muslim brothers and sisters, are also recommended for consumption by non-muslims as well.
What was started in by DA-7 earned praises from the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), that pushed for halal foods as an add export item by the country.
My experience about halal food, especially meat products, was during my 9 years plus stint in the Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, as an OFW with the academe. As ‘virtually’ head of then 25,000 strong OFWs in Oman, I was happy to know that a high percentage favored buying halal foods with their families.
I recommend to the non-muslim Filipinos to patronize halal prepared foods and an advise to Filipino entrepreneurs to include halal food business in their production line – in line with PBBM cum DA honcho’s mandate for food security.
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