MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has a strong opportunity to develop halal food among a growing Muslim population.
During a capacity building training conducted by the Department of Agriculture Region 7 (DA-7) – Halal Food Industry Development Program, the agency said that halal food could develop a niche in domestic and overseas markets as supply and demand increase with the growing Muslim population.
Halal is a Quran word which means clean, permissible and lawful.
The National Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Focal Point for Visayas, Fateen Aljounara Pangarungan, said there is a growing demand for halal foods not only in domestic markets but also in overseas markets.
She said the world’s Muslim population is expected to increase by 70%, from 1.8 billion in 2015 to around three billion in 2060.
“With the increase in the Muslim population, halal food is needed. Halal food now has niches in both markets. This is a good opportunity for the development of local halal industry,” Pangarungan said.
With this opportunity, the NCMF official who empowers the public and private sectors, as well as the slaughterers of halal livestock, must know the right process of producing halal food.
Pangarungan said having a registered database of halal companies and manufacturers makes it easier for ready references.
With President Marcos’ directive to increase the food supply, the regional executive director responsible for DA-7, Joel Elumba, said this would include halal food and the halal industry as a whole.
This will provide enough food for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.