CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–The Regional Development Council of Northern Mindanao (RDC-X) approved the creation of a Regional Halal Committee (RHC) as a Special Committee during its 119th Full Council Meeting held here, September 30.
The creation of the RHC is a recognition of the importance of Halal industry to the region’s development and the need for more focused coordination among responsible agencies and organizations in harmonizing the implementation of Republic Act 10817 or the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016.
With the creation of the RHC, policy measures can be instituted to ensure compliance of producers, manufacturers, and would-be providers of Halal products with national and international standards, making them competitive in the export market.
The Committee shall be chaired by the regional director of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and co-chaired by the regional director of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
The members shall be composed of representatives of the following regional government agencies: Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Tourism (DOT), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Board of Investments (BOI), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), Food Processors’ Association of Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association, research institutions in the higher education institutions in the region, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc., and regional certifying bodies.
As a Committee under the RDC, the RHC shall plan the Halal Industry Development Agenda, set regional policies and direction on Halal development and innovation, and provide support in the implementation of Halal programs, among others. (APB/PIA10)