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UAE: MoEW officials check Philippines halal facilities

The Gulf Today – By Mariecar Jara-Puyod


DUBAI: Officials from the UAE’s Ministry of Environment and Water (MoEW) have been inspecting halal facilities in the Philippines in order that more food products from the Southeast Asian nation could be made available in the country.

Specifically, the MoEW had visited the halal facilities of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Philippine Consul General Frank Cimafranca said in his first press conference on Wednesday.

SMC is the largest food, beverage and packaging company with over 17,000 employees in 100 major facilities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cimafranca said that the MoEW delegation had made recommendations and would inspect the facilities again.

So far, eggs and poultry as well as some meat products from the Philippines have passed halal accreditation.

“We want to expand trade and sell more Philippine products not only in the UAE but in the entire Middle East,” said Cimafranca.

Fresh fruits particularly banana and pineapple have remained as the top Philippine food exports to the region, through the UAE which serves as a hub.

Electronics rank second in the Philippine exports to the UAE.

Cimafranca expressed hope that the demand for Philippine food products would increase once the sanctions against Iran are “fully lifted.”

“Iran is the biggest market for our fresh fruits,” he said.

On when the Philippine mangoes – noted for their sweetness and fleshy character – would finally be in the Middle East markets, Cimafranca said, “How I wish. However, the current supply is only enough for our markets in Japan and the US.”

Meanwhile, Cimafranca mentioned that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, is moving towards one union and would operate as such, known as the Asean Community (AC) by 2015.

“The Asean will be acting as one and so it will be easier for businesses to be set up within the region since there would be no more economic barriers such as tariffs for trading goods and services,” he said.

Employment within the AC would also ease up “but job applicants would have to go through the same labour and immigration procedures,” Cimafranca added.

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  • Alli Garangan II

    Salam, can you help me the list of accredited by UAE Halal Certification from the Philippines. having problem who is who here in the Philippines.

    Alli Garangan II
    mobile: +639202181371
    Sype| alimatarg

  • Wa’alaikum Assalam,

    Perhaps as the leading Halal certifiers, these guys may help:

    Islamic Da’wah Council of The Philippines (IDCP)
    Suite 400 FUBC Building Escolta Manila
    P O Box 3669 Manila Philippines
    Atty. Hj. Abdul Rahman b. T. Linzag
    Tel : (632) 2458456 / 2429394 / 2410735
    Fax : (632) 2415142


    National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)
    79 Jocfer (Annex) Building Commonwealth Ave Diliman , Quezon City Philippines
    i) The Ulama League of The Philippines
    ii) Halal Development Institute of The Philippines
    iii) Islamic Advocate on Halal and Development
    Attn: Dr. Dimapuno A. Datu-Ramos, Jr. Director Tel : +02 952 6490/91 Fax : +02 952 4875/4540

    The UAE municipality is currently visiting the Philippines so the updated list may be just getting updated right now.


    Eat-Halal.com team