The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) in Makati has recently signed a significant agreement with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to jointly promote and develop the booming halal industry in the country. This partnership aims to accredit halal-certifying bodies and create opportunities for Muslim Filipinos in this billion-dollar industry.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed during the first general membership meeting and installation of officers and trustees of PCCI-Makati, held at the prestigious Makati Diamond Residences. PCCI-Makati President Nunnatus Cortez and NCMF Commissioner Datu Ras Lidasan Jr. represented their respective organizations in this momentous event.
The primary objective of this MoU is to establish an all-inclusive partnership between NCMF and PCCI-Makati, with a specific focus on the promotion and development of the Philippine halal industry. One of the key initiatives under this agreement is the creation of a halal hub in the City of Makati. This hub will serve as a platform for connecting halal manufacturers, traders, buyers, and consumers.
For those unfamiliar with the term, “halal” is an Arabic word that means permissible or lawful under Islamic (Sharia) law. It is an essential concept for Muslims, as they seek to consume products and engage in activities that align with their religious beliefs and practices. The halal industry encompasses various sectors, including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, garments, finance, and tourism.
Under this agreement, both PCCI-Makati and NCMF will collaborate to formulate, coordinate, implement, and monitor plans, policies, programs, and projects for the promotion and development of the Philippine halal industry. This partnership will harness the expertise and resources of both organizations to ensure the growth and success of this thriving sector.
The signing of the MoU was attended by key representatives from PCCI-Makati and NCMF, including Ruby Bañares-Victorino, vice president and chairman of PCCI-Makati Halal Project; Toots Cortez, incumbent president-PCCI-Makati; lawyer Jehan Jehan Lepail, NCMF deputy executive director; Alegria Sibal-Limjoco, vice president, PCCI Regional Affairs; and Dimapuno Datu-Ramos Jr., regional director, NCMF-NCR.
It is worth noting that the NCMF, as a government agency, has a crucial role in preserving and developing the culture, tradition, institutions, and well-being of Muslim Filipinos. In line with this mandate, the NCMF has entered into agreements with various government agencies, including the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), to promote the halal industry.
This collaboration between PCCI-Makati and NCMF is a significant step forward in advancing the Philippine halal industry. By working together, these organizations will not only boost the economic potential of the halal sector but also provide opportunities for Muslim Filipinos to thrive in this growing market. The establishment of a halal hub in the City of Makati will serve as a catalyst for innovation, trade, and investment in the halal industry.
As the demand for halal products and services continues to rise globally, this partnership will position the Philippines as a key player in the halal market. With its rich cultural heritage, diverse range of halal offerings, and strategic location in Southeast Asia, the country has the potential to become a hub for halal trade and tourism.
In conclusion, the collaboration between PCCI-Makati and NCMF marks a significant milestone in the promotion and development of the Philippine halal industry. This partnership will not only benefit Muslim Filipinos but also contribute to the overall economic growth and prosperity of the country. With the establishment of a halal hub in Makati, the Philippines is poised to become a major player in the global halal market.
Source: The Manila Times