Koronodal, Philippines.–The Department of Science and Technology (DOST 12) got support from the Regional Development Council (RDC 12) for the promotion of its halal laboratory in Cotabato City.
During the 47th regular meeting of the RDC 12 Tuesday, RDC 12 acting chair Arturo G. Valero backed DOST’s request for the promotion of the agency’s laboratory services that would ensure 100 % Philippine halal products.
“A massive information dissemination would be helpful requesting all manufacturers, companies among others to tap the DOST halal laboratory not just to ensure the halalness of products but also get worldwide acceptance of products from our region,” Valero noted.
He also called upon RDC 12 members particularly the private sector representatives to help in the endeavor.
Meanwhile, DOST 12 regional director Zenaida Raof-Laidan emphasized that their request is also in line with the goal of making the region the halal capital of the Philippines.
“With the services from our state-of-the-art halal laboratory, products will meet international quality standards and be able to compete locally and globally,” Laidan said adding that they are targeting to have the products in the region and in Mindanao to enter the international market.
She also stated that once the laboratory equipment will be transferred to the Philippine National Halal Laboratory and Science Center in Koronadal City next year, laboratory services will be more strengthened.
On the other hand, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Mendoza requested DOST 12 to coordinate with the Department of Agriculture to ensure certified halal products.
The governor also asked Dir. Laidan to conduct halal trainings and install halal facilities for the locals to assure that residents’ products will not be rejected once it underwent halal tests. (SJDuerme-PIA12).
Originally published on news.pia.gov.ph