Philippines set for new halal accreditation scheme as officials eye bigger slice of $630bn market

By Lester Wan –

A new halal accreditation scheme for the Philippines will be launched by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) next month as the nation seeks to capitalise on increasing demand at home and overseas.

The DTI, which has taken over responsibilities from the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos, will launch the standard in Davao City during the Philippine Halal Trade Week.

Marilou Ampuan, president of the Universal Islamic Center Foundation (UICF) and chairperson of the halal committee of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said during the Kapehan sa Dabaw forum in Davao that the Philippines is a member of the International Halal Accreditation Forum, so certification would mean worldwide recognition.

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