V- HALAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

V-1. Converge Public and Private sector efforts in developing a credible Philippine Halal Industry towards a wider access to Halal products and services

V-1.1  Assistance to Halal Certification Bodies (HCB)

Assist Philippine Halal Certifying Bodies in their recognition by foreign countries, like Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Singapore, Thailand, and other Halal concern countries, so that the products of the companies or manufacturers it certified will be allowed to enter and be sold in these countries.

            V-1.2  Capability Building Program for NCMF Halal Staff

To strengthen the capability of NCMF Halal manpower in delivering Halal concern services, locally and internationally, they must be equipped with proper knowledge and/or skills in promoting and developing the Halal industry, locally and internationally through training.

            V-1.3  Capability Building for Halal Livestock Slaughterers

Proper slaughtering of Halal ruminants and fowls will only be considered as Halal if properly slaughtered in accordance with Islamic principles, hence, training for slaughterers is necessary to make them perform proper slaughtering rituals and Islamic practice.

            V-1.4   Assistance to Promotion and Marketing of Halal Certified Products

NCMF as government lead agency in regulating and promoting the Halal industry of the Philippines, in coordination with other government agencies and other institutions, will assist manufacturers and producers of Halal products in the promotion and marketing of Halal foods and products here and abroad. In case the products are Muslim produced goods, the Commission shall take a lead role in marketing them to Muslim countries in cooperation with other concerned agencies of government.

            V-1.5   Formulation of Halal Standards

Declaration of food and non-food products as Halal must be based on full compliance with Shari’ah Law, principles, and standards as proven through scientific method. In the Philippines, existing Halal standards were formulated by the Department of Agriculture for foods, animals, fowls, and feeds; and the Department of Trade and Industry for non-foods products.  The NCMF, as government lead agency on Halal, must harmonize all these standards and formulate a National Halal Standard in consonance with International Halal Standards.

V-2. Institutionalize a community-based Halal awareness, education, and livelihood program involving targeting stakeholders.

V.2.1. Community-Based Halal Awareness Program

To reinforce the absence of disciplinary power of NCMF on Halal under Republic Act 9997, the Halal consumers in the community level must also be educated on the Halal programs of the government.  In connection with this, the NCMF Central, Regional, and Provincial Offices will sponsor/conduct Community-Based Awareness Program.

V-2.2.  Establish Database or Directory of Halal-availed companies, Establishments, Hotels, Restaurants and Halal Certified Product

Establish a database of Halal companies and manufacturers (with Halal products), establishments, Hotels, Restaurants, and Halal products for ready reference and record purposes.