The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Albay provincial office, in a synergistic collaboration with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos South Luzon, underscores the significance of weaving the halal industry into the province’s fabric of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Such an integration not only enriches the spectrum of halal products but also propels the economic traction of the region.
Last week, an exclusive Halal Business Conference was hosted by the provincial office. This initiative was designed to enlighten MSMEs about the vast opportunities presented by the halal industry, especially as a robust pillar supporting the tourism sector. The conference sought to “elevate enterprise development tailored for the tourism-support ecosystem,” as revealed in the post-conference report.
Furthermore, the session facilitated a platform to introduce the myriad halal-centric programs and services extended by partner agencies. A keen focus was on guiding local MSMEs through the intricate process of obtaining halal certification.
DTI accentuated the pivotal role of promoting halal awareness to cornerstone tourism ventures, such as upscale resorts and hotels. Such a strategic move not only bolsters the halal industry’s expansion but also carves a unique niche for these ventures. By imbibing knowledge and concepts of halal, MSMEs can enhance their value proposition, potentially leading to a surge in sales. The emphasis was particularly on larger hospitality establishments, to infuse in them an understanding of halal principles, its foundational objectives, and the overarching benefits — all aimed at galvanizing halal development within the province.
Earlier this year, the Secretary of Trade and Industry, Mr. Alfredo Pascual, reiterated his unwavering commitment to uplifting the halal industry. He eloquently stated, “Halal industry aligns seamlessly with DTI’s quad-core priorities: fostering regional development; ensuring food security; refining and expanding the capacities of MSMEs; and facilitating job-skill alignment and skill enhancement.” He further projected a luminous future for the halal sector, describing it as a “sunrise industry.”
Supporting his vision, Mr. Pascual elaborated on the compelling demographic trajectory of the Muslim population, emphasizing its potential to exponentially amplify the halal export market. “With the Muslim populace standing at a staggering 1.9 billion, or 25% of the global population in 2020, and an anticipated growth touching 2 billion by 2030, the halal economy is poised for monumental success,” he elucidated.
Given these statistics and efforts, the future of the halal industry, especially in conjunction with MSMEs, appears bright and promising.