Catbalogan conducts first ever orientation on Halal Food Production & Processing

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture – Halal Food Industry Development Program (DA-HFIDP) and DA Regional Field Unit 8, a one-day “Basic Orientation on Halal Food Production and Processing” was organized by the city government through the City Agriculture Office (CAO) and the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) last November 16, 2018 at Casa Cristina Hotel.

More than fifty (50) restaurant and hotel owners, farmers, fisherfolks, food caterers, and schools administrators participated in the discussion of halal industry, standards and processes.

Halal is an Arabic word for “permissible” and usually applies to food allowed under Islamic law and there is an increasing worldwide demand for Halal food products and is not limited among Muslims but also among non-Muslim consumers especially with the increasing awareness about its health advantages.

The purpose of the orientation was to encourage food industry partners in the city to venture into halal food production as the city opens more to foreign visitors and investors through tourism and investment partnerships.

“Ini nga katitirok amo an pinaka-una nga ginhimo ha region kaupod an aton kasugbong ha Department of Agriculture,” Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further shared that when Catbalogan hosted its first international conference last 2017 during the UCLG ASPAC ExBu, halal food was requested but since the city has not engaged yet on this standard, it served as a challenge to the local administration for future engagements.

According to DA, the Halal economy is a stable and booming economy since 11% of the Philippine population is made up of Muslims and is even estimated to increase globally from 1.6 billion to 2.2 billion in 2030.

And Mayor Step has seen this opportunity for our local food producers and processors to take advantage of not just to increase production but on employment as well especially for our local farmers, fisherfolks and even livestocks producers.

(Photos by John Doblon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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