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1ST ARMM Halal Summit conducted in Lamitan City whilst Halal Food Innovation Center launched

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Lamitan City - THE Department of Science and Technology – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, in partnership with the Provincial Local Government and the City Government of Lamitan, conducted the 1st ARMM Halal Summit in Basilan last June 28-29, 2018. The said event was spearheaded and converged together with the members of the ARMM Halal Industry Development Inter-agency Technical Working Group (HID-IATWG). Highlights of the activity was the launching of the Halal Food Innovation Center (HFIC) and the DOST-ARMM Assisted Halal Certified Products.

The event was formally opened thru the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon led by Basilan Provincial Governor Jim Hataman Salliman assisted by Lamitan City Mayor Rose U. Furigay and DOST-ARMM Regional Secretary Myra Mangkabung, witnessed by all other and stakeholders present during the opening program. FIC Stakeholders and partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) cum the First ARMM Halal Summit 2018 Resolution.

There was a press conference held and different questions were asked by members of the media present. DTI-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Anwar Malang, Chairman of the Economic Cluster Atty. Ishak Mastura, Regional Director of DOST-XI Dr. Anthony C. Sales and other members of the HID-IATWG answered different questions from the media and participants alike. More than 500 participants from all over the ARMM region attended the said event. The summit was also attended by different exhibitors selling different products that are certified halal.

With the theme “Strengthening Halal Ecosystem in ARMM for Global Market: Creating Opportunities; Synchronizing Synergy”, the summit established and featured the first Halal Food Innovation Center in the region. The summit also gathered some of the halal region’s players to share their experiences and best practices in establishing a respectable and sustainable Halal ecosystem. This also featured lectures and open forums about halal ecosystem from resource speakers who are experts in their own fields to discuss Halal integration, policies, testing and analysis, certifications, investment priority plan, best practices, healthful halal, environmental ecosystems on Halal Industries, Halal Cosmetics, Halal Ordinance, Halal Tourism and FDA Licensing. The aim in view is to come up with a resolution strengthening support to halal programs and activities. This is to position ARMM locally manufactured products to enter the global market.

On the second day event, the lectures were continued and followed by an open forum. This is to enlighten everyone about the Halal ecosystem. The second day event was highlighted by launching of DOST-ARMM’s Assisted Product that are Halal Certified. These products from different provinces of ARMM were sold and promoted on the said event.

The ARMM Halal Industry Development Inter-Agency Technical Working Group, its executive committee and other Halal stakeholders through the “1ST ARMM Halal Summit 2018 are committed to sustain and strengthen its efforts towards the development of the Halal industry in the region through advocacy, coordination to conduct Halal related trainings such as raising awareness on Halal, campaign on strict adherence to the “Halal Standards”, design module for Halal Credit Facility and production training on Halal, encourage and support MSMEs for the production of Halal certified products, ensure that FDA health product policies and guidelines on Halal are consistent with the Philippine National Standards on Halal, advocate the promotion of halal ecosystem through promulgation of policy, regulation and ordinance and more.

The event ended with a positive note, marking the beginning of a more intensive and broader coverage of advocacy activities in the region at the country in general. Hopefully it will open more doors of opportunities leading towards making ARMM the Halal Hub of the country.