The Dept. of Trade & Industry is now in the thick of preparations to
further boost the Philippine halal industry. DTI is now going to undertake
initiatives towards the development of the Philippines' halal exports.
Our halal exports have a big potential contribution in driving trade and
investments. Acknowledging this, the Dept. of Trade & Industry is now
developing the national halal-certification scheme through the Philippine
The national halal-accreditation scheme will serve as the official
guideline for the accreditation of all Philippine halal-certification
bodies that seek accreditation by the Philippine Accreditation Board. DTI
Asst. Secretary AbdulganiMacatoman underscored the importance of having a
harmonious halal certification policies and standards.
For now, Undersecretary Macatoman said that the country only contributes 5
per cent of global halal trade. Improving our accreditation policies and
standards will not only improve its integrity and credibility in the
national and international communities, it will also serve to boost our
The global Muslim population is seen to rise at 1.84% a year. For ow, 32.43
per cent of Asia's current population of 1.4 billion is Muslim. This is
according to Undersecretary Macatoman. Taking the world Muslim population
in the context of export, this means halal export stands at $3.2 trillion
across the globe. According to the Undersecretary, it is expected to
increase to P10 trillion by 2030.