Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Pete Raymond V. Delfin of the Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam and members of the Philippine delegation for the Brunei Halal Showcase (BruHAS) 2018 and the 1st Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) for the Philippines-Brunei Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Halal Industry and Halal Export Development and Promotion met with Haji Muslim bin Haji Tengah, Deputy President of the Dewan Perniagaan dan Perusahaan Melayu Brunei (DPPMB) or the Brunei Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BMCCI), BMCCI Permanent Chairperson Haji Mahmud bin Haji Mohd Daud, and other officers and members at the BMCCI Office in Beribi Industrial Complex 1, Jalan Gadong on 10 August 2018.
The main items discussed during the Philippine delegation’s meeting with BMCCI included, among others, the Philippines’ participation in the Brunei Halal Showcase (BruHAS) 2018; Halal certification process in Brunei; Brunei’s intention to be a Halal logistics hub in Southeast Asia for products, such as those from the Philippines, to further gain access to the Halal markets in China, Middle East and Europe, among other regions; initiatives in support of Halal export promotion, joint-venture investment projects, in both Brunei and the Philippines, and in the BIMP-EAGA region; and connectivity and facilitation of the flow of goods and services in the BIMP-EAGA region.
The members of the Philippine delegation from the government sector 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 (DFA); Ms. Melissa C. Mendizabal, Labor Attaché, Philippine Embassy in Brunei Darussalam; Dr. Norodin A. Kuit, National Coordinator, Department of Agriculture (DA); Mr. Jose J. Suan, Director, Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (ZamboEcozone); Mr. Albino M. Ganchero, Head, Halal Section-Export Marketing Bureau, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI); Mr. Raison D. Arobinto, Senior Trade and Industry Development Specialist, Halal Section-Export Marketing Bureau, DTI; Ms. Ma. Divina A. Mato, Officer, Corporate Sales and Locators Management Division, ZamboEcozone; and Ms. Hafidah B. Macadaya, Technical Assistant, Office of Undersecretary Macatoman, DTI.
On the other hand, the private sector members of the Philippine delegation included Ms. Maureen M. Pasciolco, General Manager, Pasciolco International; Ms. Dina Stalder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stalder Laboratories, Inc.; Ms. Elizabeth C. Mondejar, Marketing and Sales Manager, Altertrade Philippines, Inc.; Ms. Joanne C. Tan, Sales and Operations Manager, Year Luck Food & Industrial Corp.; Ms. Marichu A. Edralin, CEO, Doxo Trading; Ms. Virginia P. Dimayuga, Owner, Edna and Rebecca’s Banana Chips & Coated Peanut; and Ms. Mildred R. Baylon, Marketing Manager, Castillejos Agri-Farms, Inc.
The Philippine delegation’s meeting with BMCCI was a cordial and productive networking activity which resulted to the establishment of business partnerships between some Philippine and Bruneian companies. END