Believing in the potential trade relations between the Philippines and the Muslim market in the global community, the Duterte administration approved a new law called the Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act to develop and apply halal agricultural and manufacturing standards and practices in the Philippines.
Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority Chairman Christopher Arnuco. (Supplied)
In the domestic community, Lopez also called on the municipal governments and Halal exporters to expand the coverage and category of halal system and strengthen more local laws for the industry’s development. He also encouraged the academe to get into the picture to facilitate research and development so Halal-related subjects can eventually be integrated in the academe so the private sector will eventually increase its interest in the industry.