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Agency helping industry to reduce cost: official

The regional office of the Department of Science and Technology is undertaking a study to help reduce production cost as well as penetrate the market for Halal products.

The regional director of the agency, Anthony Sales, said this initiative is part of their national program on Halal as it focuses on banana-based, chicken meat-based food and regional delicacies in Mindanao for food product while lipstick, shampoo, soap and toothbrush/toothpaste for non-food.

“Through R&D (research and development), we can bring down the costs, increase productivity, increase our contribution to the manufacturing output and increase our contribution to the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and GNP (Gross National Product)” Sales said during the media forum which was part of the Philippine Halal Trade and Tourism Expo.

One practical way of reducing production cost, Sales said, is for producers of Halal merchandises to eliminate prohibited components as Halal adheres to the teaching of Islam.

The agency encouraged MSMEs in the industry to avail of their innovation fund,the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP), which is designed “to assist them to adopt technology innovations, improve their business operations, and boost their productivity and competitiveness”.

DOST is also offering a verification services as another way to support halal industry as the city has already a halal verification laboratory established by the agency to provide science mechanisms as the basis for the certification.

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