ROHAYDAH M. YUSOPH
Dr. Laidan said the dialogue sought to provide a venue where to place halal initiatives in strengthening halal culture in Mindanao and the entire country.
She said DOST-12 has been implementing science and technology programs for the development of the halal industry and encouraging harmonization of efforts with collaborators from the government and partners from the private sector and the academe.
Resource speaker Atty. Hamid A. Barra discussed halal as obligatory to Muslims collectively (Fardhu Kifaya) and individually (Fardhu ‘Ain) as interpreted in Islam and as a way of life.
Laidan, on the other hand, shared inputs on eco-halal for an inclusive Islamic community and the role of science, technology and innovation in the development of the halal industry.
She said the WHAP is a substantial event to carry out massive promotion and advocacy of the country’s science and technology efforts and initiatives for the development of the halal industry.
The assembly aims to realize the “One Standard, One Test, One Certificate” scheme in line with the implementation of the Unified Global Halal Standards of the Organization of Islamic Countries-Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (OIC-SMIIC).
It will gather local and international halal stakeholders, members of the private sector, academe, relevant government agencies, regulatory bodies, certfication bodies, scientists and technocrats, and Ulamas and Muslim communities
Laidan said the WHAP will be held at the Marriot Manila grand ballroom on July 12-14, 2017 with the theme “Developing Halal Premium Brand through science, technology, and Innovation.” TNRS