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Monday, May 25, 2015

DTI spearheads Halal advocacy campaign in Dipolog

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY – A Halal advocacy caravan has been recently held here at the Top Plaza Hotel by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with various consumer groups, national government agencies (NGAs), local press as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) engaged in food servicing in attendance.

The campaign aims to educate and promote public awareness on Halal concept from Islamic perspective.

Technical Working Group Member Ustadz Hadji Gaspar Amain of the Department of Agriculture (DA)-9 said Halal is an Arabic term, which means lawful and permitted under Islamic Laws.

But in the Muslim community, it carries a much deeper meaning as Halal is considered as part of their religious duty.

According to Amain, Halal and Islam are two inseparable words. “Halal is pure, clean, good and healthy, hygienic food everyone.”

The role of the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS), Halal Auditing and Certification, marketing opportunities and the importance of promoting halal products were also tackled in the said activity.

In his lecture, Mr Aliazer Abdurajim stressed the importance of promoting halal products due to its huge market in the nearby Muslim countries.

Aside from Dipolog City, the Halal Advocacy Caravan 2015 was also held in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, Pagadian City and Zamboanga City.