PH to establish Asian Halal Center in Zamboanga
The 100-hectare Zamboanga Economic Zone (ZAMBOECOZONE) is being transformed as the Asian Halal Center.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and local government
of Zamboanga City recently held a ground breaking ceremony of the Asian Halal Center with the DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez as the guest of honor.
The 100-hectare area aims to be the center of Halal industries in the Philippines and in the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region. “Mindanao is positioned to be the manufacturing base for export-quality Halal products in the country. With Asian Halal Center, we expect to attract more locators and enhance our country’s position as the Halal industrial hub in the region,” said Lopez.
The Asian Halal Center is expected to be a home for the production and processing of halal goods for the Islam-dominant region and is targeting small and medium scale locators that will cater to the estimated $2.6 trillion global Halal market.
At present, the center expects to locate 14 prospective locators that will lease the center’s facilities.
“The growing Halal market worldwide is a potential sector especially for our micro and small entrepreneurs. In the Philippines alone, we have an estimated population of 9.62 million Filipino Muslim. We need to urge them to seize this opportunity and tap the growing sector,” emphasized DTI Industry Promotion Group Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.