Senate passes bill expanding Halal industry in PHL

By Jelly F. Musico

MANILA, Sept. 21 (PNA) – The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to establish comprehensive program for the development and promotion of Halal export products.

Under Senate Bill No. 2831, Senator Cynthia Villar said the proposal aims to increase investments and job opportunities in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao.

Villar, chairperson of the Senate committee on agriculture, sponsored the bill co-authored by Senators Ramon Revilla Jr., Antonio Trilllanes IV, Miriam Defensor Santiago and Villar.

Halal refers to meat from animals that have been slaughtered according to Muslim law.

Entitled Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2015, the bill, according to Villar, will give the Philippines a “very good position to excel in the halal trade industry with the economic integration of the Southeast Asean Nations (ASEAN).”

According to a Dubai Chamber of Commerce study, the Halal food market would be worth USD 1.6 trillion by 2018.

At present, the country relies on the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to promote and develop the Halal industry.

Villar said the NCMF’s scope is limited to the domestic markets and has nothing to do with export and trade. (PNA)