Launch of Halal lab set

THE REGIONAL office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to launch this month the Halal verification laboratory which would test products if these are free from forbidden particles.

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 In the recent meeting of Davao City Halal Industry Development Council, which was reported by Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) on Wednesday, the launching was scheduled when the agency presented its Halal science and technology program.

 The laboratory, which amounted to P49 million including the equipment, is in partnership with the agency’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

 The facility is situated in the regional office of DOST near Southern Philippines Medical Center. This was supported by the city government through the DCIPC.

 “The DCIPC is actively promoting and attracting investors to put up halal facilities in the city, specifically on agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. This is to support the growing halal consumers in Davao City,” DCIPC said in a statement.

 With the Halal verification laboratory, DOST XI regional director Anthony C. Sales said it would detect if the products are free from forbidden particles such as pig, horse, insect, frog, dog, cat and other impurities that are considered Haram, or forbidden in Islam. There should be also no alcohol content.

 Sales said the laboratory in the region will be the third in Mindanao next to the two laboratories in Cotabato City. He said the Halal testing laboratories are important as “there needs to be science behind the certification and standardization in the industry.”

 The DOST XI is among the members of the newly-created Davao City Halal Industry Development Council.

 In a statement, the DCIPC said the meeting of the council on Oct. 30 included the presentation of Albin Ganchero, assistant division chief and Export Management Bureau focal person on halal food and agri-marine division of the Department of Trade and Industry Central Office.

 Ganchero presented the background of the development of the halal industry in the Philippines, and the direction and programs of the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Board.

 “The presentation will form as basis of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council in formulating policies in the promotion of the halal industry in the city in line with the national government direction,” DCIPC said.

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