The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region IX has conducted a training-workshop on halal audit and certification process for Islamic scholars and professionals in Basilan.
The one-day training-workshop was given to officers and members of Basilan Ulama Supreme Council (BUSC) on April 5 at Ulama Village, Sumagdang, Isabela City, Basilan Province.
The BUSC, a non-government religious organization of Ulama (Islamic scholar) and professionals, is seeking to become a halal certifying body (HCB).
The DOST Region XI said the training-workshop zeroed in on halal audit, certification process and the agency’s assistance for halal development with Nuhman M. Aljani, DOST focal person on halal and certified halal lead auditor, as the resource speaker.
“This initiative is in line with DOST-IX Halal S&T (science and technology) program that aims to help boost halal Industry in the region by enabling more competent human resource in halal,” it said.
During the training, Ricardo J. Apolinario III, center manager of DOST’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), also briefed the participants on the features of SETUP and how small and micro enterprises (SMEs) can avail of the assistance to improve their operation and competitiveness in the domestic and international market.
“DOST-IX also provide assistance to Halal producers on upgrading their facility and improving their productivity through SETUP. Other assistance provided by the agency include access to Halal Verification Laboratory, technical consultancy on Halal audit, and Halal awareness trainings, among others.”
The BUSC is chaired by Dr. Aboulkhair S. Tarason. Its members are Ulamas (Islamic scholars) and professionals who graduated from different universities in the country, the Middle East and Africa.
The DOST Region XI urged those who seek more information on DOST-IX halal services, to call (062) 955-3654 or text 0936 527 3006 and look for Omar J. Butlangan, or email [email protected] or visit Facebook page www.facebook.com/DOSTRegion9.