The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with attached
agency, Philippine Accreditation Bureau (PAB), officially
announced and signed a full membership agreement with the
International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) on December 6.
DTI said in a statement: “Being a full member of
the IHAF gives DTI-PAB voting rights at the General Assembly
and committee meetings that could be highly beneficial to
Philippine halal industry. This membership is also seen to
further halal trade between the Philippines and other IHAF
According to its website, the IHAF is “an independent,
non-government network of accreditation entities that are
mandated to enforce halal standards in their countries and
territories. Empowered by its aims to protect the growing
number of halal consumers and to facilitate international
trade; IHAF establishes a solid ground for the global industry
of halal food and non-food products.”
IHAF membership has three categories: full,
associate, and affiliate.
Meanwhile, according to DTI Assistant Secretary Abdulgani
Macatoman, who is in charge of Halal-related issues under DTI,
the exports are expected to increase from the general annual
average of $800 million.
The word ‘halal‘
literally means permissible. In translation,
it is usually used as lawful, or based on Islamic Shari’ah. In
other words, “halal” means that it prescribes to the rules of
Muslim law. The opposite of halal is haram,
which means unlawful or forbidden.
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