Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Abdulgani M. Macatoman, Head of the Philippine delegation to the 1st Joint Committee (JC) Meeting for the Philippines-Brunei Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Halal Industry and Halal Export Development and Promotion, met with officials from Brunei’s Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA), led by Permanent Secretary Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Hj Yussof, on 08 August 2018.
Agenda-items that were discussed during the Philippine delegation’s meeting with MoRA officials include, among others, the Philippines’ participation in the Brunei Halal Showcase (BruHAS) 2018; convening of the 1st JC Meeting to facilitate the implementation of the Philippines-Brunei MOU on Halal Industry and Halal Export Development and Promotion; Halal certification process in Brunei Darussalam; assistance in the development of a Philippine national halal accreditation scheme and capacity building for halal certification through Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA) on Halal Accreditation; Islamic tourism and related matters; and initiatives in support of halal export promotion and joint-venture investment projects in Mindanao and in the BIMP-EAGA region.
Members of the Philippine delegation included Mr. Pete Raymond V. Delfin, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam; Ms. Maria Cynthia B. Ricafort, Commercial Counsellor, Philippine Trade & Investment Centre-Singapore; Mr. Edgar Tomas Q. Auxilian, Director, Department of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Jose J. Suan, Director, Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (ZamboEcozone); Mr. Ernani M. Dionisio, Assistant Director and Officer-in-Charge, Philippine Accreditation Bureau-DTI; Mr. Albino M. Ganchero, Head, Halal Section-Export Marketing Bureau, DTI; Mr. Raison D. Arobinto, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist, Halal Section-Export Marketing Bureau, DTI; and Ms. Hafidah B. Macadaya, Technical Assistant, Office of Undersecretary Macatoman, DTI.
During the meeting, MoRA officials expressed their appreciation to the Philippine delegation for its participation in BruHAS 2018 as well as its attendance in the 1st JC Meeting, as these initiatives signify the Philippines’ intention to pursue more comprehensive collaboration with Brunei on Halal industry development. END