Halal industry taps schools for development and promotion
The Philippine halal sector is now tapping universities and colleges for the promotion of the halal industry.
“As the country aggressively initiates its plan to develop its halal industry, a parallel effort should also be provided to higher educational institutions (HEIs) to be integrated in the halal value chain, especially now that the population of our Muslim brothers and sisters is projected to grow in the next years,” said University of Southern Mindanao president Dr. Francisco Gil Garcia.
Halal is Arabic for any object or action that is allowed under the Sharia Law. Since halal is not only for Muslims, there is an increasing demand for halal foods.
Mindanao Development Authority chairwoman Luwalhati Antonino said the academe can include halal in the curriculum for universities and colleges to strengthen research and development.
Antonino said the goal is to develop a halal industry that is at par with other Asean countries.
Experts believe there must more devout Muslim professionals in the halal industry in order to have enough studies.
The University of Southern Mindanao has included halal information in its curriculum as well as in research, extension, and production. It offers major studies in Halal Food Management and Technology under the degree for Bachelor of Science in Islamic Studies.
Science and Technology Regional Director Dr. Anthony Sales said research, development and extension programs in the academe can improve human resource development and set up standards for production and logistics, laboratory services and quality assurance for the halal industry.
Science and technology also plays a big role in the testing and certification of halal products.