Outgoing Philippine President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a consolidated measure on halal exports, which may help boost the country’s meat exporters in the Middle East.
Currently, most of the Philippines’ meat exports are processed meats, including corned beef and hot dog, while chilled chicken yakitori nuggets and Peking duck are also shipped to overseas markets.
The Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act will create new halal export task forces and provide for upgrades to processing facilities, such as slaughterhouses, warehouses, and laboratories. It will also grant fiscal and non-fiscal incentives to attract investments in the halal export sector and, moreover, stipulates the issue of a new Philippine Halal logo. Although the new law took effect on May 31, budgets have yet to be disclosed.