The Philippine Halal Export Development Board (PHEDB) is fast-tracking the formulation of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the country’s halal law.
“Right now, we are finalizing the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Halal Act. Hopefully, before the end of May the IRR can already be released,” Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regional director Sitti Amina Jain told PNA on Friday (May 19).
The PHEDB is co-chaired by the DTI secretary and the chairperson of the Commission of Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
The other members of PHEDB are the Mindanao Development Authority, Department of Tourism, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Department of Health, and Department of Foreign Affairs.
Jain said the board, during a recent meeting, also discussed the development of a comprehensive set of strategies and programs, targets and policies, specifically on halal promotion.
Republic Act No. 10817, otherwise known as the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act, which aims to “develop and promote halal industries as a mode of achieving equity and justice” among local farmers and producers, was enacted in May last year.
Jain said Zamboanga City is being positioned as the halal trading center with the development of the Asian Halal Center inside the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (Zamboecozone).
“The Zamboecozone allocated at least 100 hectares that will be dedicated for the Asian Halal Center,” Jain said.
The center, which was established in October last year, aims to be the center of Halal industries in the Philippines and in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).
Jain, who chairs the Sub-Committee on BIMP-EAGA and ASEAN Concerns of the Regional Development Council in Zamboanga City, said the establishment of the halal center is in line with the policy of the government to tap the lucrative global halal market.
“Our responsibility is to promote the economic zone by inviting foreign investors as well as encouraging local businessmen to invest in halal production and locate in the Zamboecozone,” Jain said.
She said the halal development board will initially concentrate on halal food productions and will “branch out to wellness and beauty products” later.
A series of campaign is expected to be launched for local manufacturers to certify their products as halal. Among the plan is to conduct a halal regional conference in October.
“We have already started the awareness campaign among consumers. We are encouraging SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) in food processing to venture into halal production and target the local market. We are not just talking about the Muslim market in Zamboanga Peninsula but also Muslims in the neighboring island provinces who are making Zamboanga City as their grocery area,” she said.
Originally published on www.news.mb.com.ph
Unilever plans to position its operation in the Philippines as the regional hub for the halal market in Southeast Asia and Australia as it puts up more facilities in the country.
The construction of its mega distribution center in Cabuyao, Laguna is underway, its largest distribution center in the Philippines, to complement its P1.7 billion halal-certified food factory in Trece Martires, Cavite.
Benjie Yap, Unilever president, said the factory has been halal-certified early this year, allowing it to provide specific product requirements of the halal market in the region.
“We’re looking at exporting to Malaysia which requires some halal products specifically. And we’re looking at expanding also to other Muslim population in Southeast Asia,” Yap said.
“We cater to a wide variety of consumers, even in Muslim Mindanao, so we want to make sure that we provide products for them and for other Muslim countries as well. Basically, we want to provide a variety of choices for different individuals across the region,” he added.
Unilever noted the Philippines has yet to realize the potential of the halal market to date.
The company also said building the mega distribution center “allows Unilever Philippines to enhance delivery of goods throughout the country and create a ripple effect of benefits to communities,” with its ability to house 130,000 pallets and 97 loading docks.
Spanning 13.7 hectares, it is expected to facilitate distribution and transport of Unilever’s products manufactured in its Cavite and Paco, Manila facilities. It also has future-ready capabilities to ensure efficient and sustainable operations.
“We’re really very hopeful about the business and the economy moving forward and this reflects in the investments and the money that we’re putting in to help drive the company forward in the country,” Yap said.
Yap added the company is in the process of reviewing its business for further investments that can be poured into the local operation.
“There are also some products which we are importing right now that again we are reviewing if can localize and export. Once the review is finalized, there will be new investments coming in,” he said.
Under its three plants, Unilever produces food products under brands like Knorr and Lady’s Choice in its Cavite factory, homecare and personal care products in its Manila factory, and ice cream in Pasig.
The distribution center is part of the company’s six-year P6-billion investment commitment in the country.
Originally published on www.malaya.com.ph
In a media briefing on Thursday, newly appointed Unilever Philippines Chairman Benjie Yap said the P1.7-billion Unilever Cavite Foods Factory gained halal certification in February.
Originally published on www.bworldonline.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Brunei have agreed to cooperate in developing their halal industry and explore ways to enhance their collaboration in the energy sector.
Bilateral cooperation on halal industry and energy were among the topics discussed by President Duterte and Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during their meeting Thursday in Malacañang.
Bolkiah is in the country for a state visit that coincided with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations meeting.
“The leaders discussed ways to strengthen and deepen bilateral trade and economic relations and reiterated commitment to explore further opportunities including greater business exchanges and cooperation,” Duterte and Bolkiah said in a joint statement.
Duterte and Bolkiah witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement on halal industry and halal products development.
The agreement provides the framework for bilateral cooperation to mutually develop each other’s halal industry and products and services through exchange of investment, products, technology and best practices. It would also allow the two countries to explore opportunities in the emerging global market for halal products and services, which has been estimated at $2 trillion.
“On the halal industry, we are interested to develop a partnership with the Philippines for investment and the production of halal products,” Bolkiah said after his meeting with Duterte.
“I am pleased that we signed agreements on cultural cooperation and cooperation in halal industry and halal products and services. These are positive steps in the right direction. They provide the framework for us to work even more closely,” Duterte said.
Halal is an Arabic word for “permissible” and usually applies to food allowed under Islamic law. The term also covers items like banking finance, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and logistics.
Duterte and Bolkiah also agreed to explore ways to boost the energy cooperation between their countries. They also expressed satisfaction with the energy cooperation between Brunei National Petroleum Co. Sendirian Bhd and Philippine National Oil Co.
“On energy, we agreed to further enhance cooperation by exploring potential downstream and upstream activities,” Bolkiah said.
The Brunei leader also expressed openness to “identify potential areas of collaboration in downstream and upstream activities for the mutual benefit of the two countries.”
The Philippines and Brunei also signed a memorandum of agreement on cultural cooperation, which seeks to promote and enhance the understanding of the two countries’ arts and culture.
Originally published on www.philstar.com
Bolkiah is in Manila for a state visit upon the invitation of Duterte. He will also attend the regional summit in Manila this weekend.
“Promoting culture remains vital in order to strengthen our identities and protect and promote the values and heritage we hold dear,” the President said in a joint statement with Bolkiah at the Palace.
“I am pleased today that we signed agreements on cultural cooperation and cooperation in Halal industry and Halal products and services. These positive steps in the right direction, they provide the framework for us to work even more closely,” he added.
The first memorandum of understanding between the Philippines and Brunei involves cooperation in the field of culture and arts by enhancing institutional networking and people to people exchanges. The pact also aims to strengthen, promote, and develop culture, arts, and heritage cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
The second agreement provides framework for Philippine-Brunei cooperation to develop each other’s halal industry and halal products development. They agreed to reduce technical barriers to trade, facilitate bilateral relations on halal export development and promotion programs.
Duterte said his meeting with Bolkiah has been “successful” and “productive” after both agreed from intensifying trade and investments to fighting terrorism and illegal drugs.
“We recognize the importance of the ties that bind our nations and our peoples. With shared aspirations of achieving greater peace, progress and prosperity for our peoples, we agreed to further step up collaborative efforts to achieve common goals,” he said.
“These include waging a committed and principled campaign against terrorism, violent extremism and piracy at sea,” he added.
Originally published on www.news.mb.com.ph
MARAWI CITY, Lanao del Sur, April 28 —The Regional Board of Investments of the Autonomous Region in Muslim in Mindanao (RBOI-ARMM) in the Phillipines has gathered investors and representatives from the business community, government agencies, banks, and the academe in a consultation in a bid to improve investment opportunities.
The consultation forum covered presentations of the economic activities of the ARMM, insights and concerns about investments generation in the region, investment opportunities, fiscal and non-fiscal incentives for qualified investors, process for registration under the RBOI, and review of the 2017 ARMM Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).
Lawyer Ishak Mastura, RBOI-ARMM chairperson, said the plan is focused on the theme “Scaling Up and Dispersing Opportunities,” which will serve as the blueprint in guiding investors in matching their business capacities with opportunities identified in the region’s IPP to steer economic growth.
“The reason for the conduct of regional IPP roadshows is to inform the participants about the salient features and implementing guidelines of the new IPP,” Atty. Mastura said.
The 2017-2019 ARMM Investment Priorities Plan is formulated based on the updated Philippine Development Plan 2017-2019 and ARMM’s Regional Development Plan. Anchored on the Duterte administration’s zero + 10-point Socio-Economic Agenda and Ambisyon Natin 2040, the 2017-2019 ARMM Investment Priorities Plan promotes investments in preferred economic activities and sectors that will have a direct and positive impact on the lives of ARMM’s constituents.
IPP consultations in the region were organized as early as mid-2015 starting in Lamitan City in Basilan followed by multisectoral public consultations in Cotabato City, Parang and Upi in Maguindanao; Bongao in Tawi-Tawi; and Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.
A total of six multisectoral consultations were conducted region-wide to craft ARMM’s new list of investment priorities.
ARMM’s list has the priority investment areas on export industry; agriculture and aquaculture; basic industries; infrastructure; industrial service facilities; engineering industries; logistics; Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA)-related investment enterprises; tourism; health and education services and facilities; Halal industry; bank and non-bank financial institutions including Islamic banking and finance; and energy.
Atty. Mastura reiterated that ARMM seeks to attract more financing, or financial institutions, since the region remains severely under-serviced by banks. Access to basic financial services in ARMM is practically non-existent, he said. Other than conventional banking and finance, the list also includes Islamic Banking and Finance.
Similar consultation forums will be conducted in the five provinces and two cities in the region to bring investment concerns and services to the public, especially the investors. (BPI/PIA-10)
Originally published on www.pia.gov.ph
The Muslim committee of the Philippines’ House of Representatives approved on Thursday House Bill 968 which seeks to declare February 1 “National Hijab Day.”
She added that women who wear the head covering continue to experience discrimination and maltreatment around the world because people do not understand the significance of the hijab.
“The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed,” Turabin-Hataman said.
The bill also aims to stop discrimination against hijab wearing Muslims and to protect the freedom of religion and right to practice religion.
“We hope to foster deeper respect and understanding among and between Filipinos of varying cultures and faith toward national unity and peace,” Turabin-Hataman said.
Originally published on www.en.abna24.com
From lighting to fashion, there is money to be made in catering to once-ignored customers.
TOKYO/MANILA In Asia, entrepreneurs can “think about creating startups that are global from day one,” said Ernestine Fu, venture partner at the Alsop Louie Partners. “[That] is not possible in Silicon Valley.”
One reason for this is that some problems that startups aim to solve are common to the region. A business model or product that addresses such a challenge has a large, ready-made market at hand, potentially creating the next Asian unicorn.
Philippine startup Salt is a great example. Salt — short for “sustainable alternative lighting” — found itself in the spotlight when co-founder Aisa Mijeno shared the stage with former U.S. President Barack Obama and Alibaba Group Holding Chairman Jack Ma Yun at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Manila.
The company makes lamps that use saltwater as the catalyst for a fuel cell, instead of the kerosene that fuels lamps across Southeast Asia in areas without electricity. Mijeno came up with the idea for a saltwater lamp after living with a remote tribe in Kalinga, in the northern Philippines. During her monthlong stay with the Butbut, Mijeno learned that people had to walk at least six hours to the nearest town to buy kerosene.
Enter Salt’s lamp, which, the company says, can last six months when used eight hours a day and maintained properly.
“We were trying to determine what the staple items in every household in the Philippines were, and we found out that there are actually three staple items: salt, water and rice. That’s the main reason we used salt water as the catalyst … to generate electricity,” Mijeno told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview last year.
The company was founded in 2014 when it joined Ideaspace Foundation, an incubator that helps fund and develop innovations with commercial potential. Salt was selected by Ideaspace as one of the year’s top-10 projects and used its prize money to start working on a prototype. It has since delivered over a thousand lamps to remote communities in the Philippines, and partnered with a local manufacturer to begin mass production.
FASHION FOR THE FAITHFUL For Diajeng Lestari in Indonesia, the “problem” that needed addressing was helping Muslim women express their fashion sense while maintaining their modesty. This led her to create Hijup in 2011, a pioneering Islamic fashion website. The online shopping mall offers clothing and accessories aimed mainly at Muslim women.
Hijup is short for “hijab-up,” as in make up or dress up. The hijab is the headscarf worn by some Muslim women.
“We believe that we can bring something up to all Muslim women around the world,” the company’s website says. Muslim women, it says, “are not limited to do anything worthwhile, create something wonderful, and earn a lot of respect from others. They deserve to be happy … [in a] fashionable hijab.”
Originally published on www.asia.nikkei.com
DAVAO CITY, Philippines—In order to ensure the marketability of foods that are certified as “halal” in both domestic and global market, City Mayor Sara Duterte issued Executive Order No. 12 to pave way for the creation of Davao City Halal Industry Development Council.
In a City Information Office dispatch Wednesday, the Presidential daughter said that “innovations across this value chain could be a driver for new markets and greater profits as the global halal industry is valued at trillions of dollars.”
With this, Duterte urged the national government agencies to work together and harmonize all efforts to enhance the growth of the halal industry.
By doing so, she believed that this would “help the government in coming up with a unified system for production,certification and marketing so the Philippines can maximize its huge potential in Global Halal Market.”
Duterte will serve as the chair of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council and her co-chair is the President of the Mindanao Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The council’s membership also includes officials of various city offices, the Davao City Office of Muslim Affairs for HalalShariah Concerns; the Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) for Investment Concerns; and TourismCongress of the Philippines Halal Committee for Halal Tourism.
Halal foods are foods that are permitted under the Shariah (Islamic) Law. Suh law is based on the teaching of Qu’ran which does not contain any materials from animals that is not “halal” including ingredients and used of equipment that are considered as “haram” or forbidden under the Islamic law, according to the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines .
Originally published on www.davaotoday.com