MANILA Doctors Hospital (MDH) became the pioneering hospital as it was granted halal certification by a recognized halal accreditation and certifying body in the Philippines.
The Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines (IDCP) granted the certification in a simple ceremony on October 4 at the Dietary Department South Wing of MDH.
This event also saw the signing of a contract between the IDCP and MDH for continued cooperation in ensuring the hospital complies with the standards set by the World Halal Council (WHC). The signatories were IDCP President and WHC Secretary-General Abdul-Rahman Linzag, MDH President Arlene Ledesma and MDH Director Hian Ho Kua.
As shared by Whitney Adeliene Cristobal, MDH therapeutic dietary officer, the hospital is becoming conscious of its Muslim staff and patients who need to have halal food and upon realizing there is more to halal than just not serving pork.
It was here that the hospital management decided to seek halal certification and turned to the IDCP to ensure it is doing things right.
The IDCP, in turn, provided guidance every step of the way. The Halal Dietary Services was created with a dedicated halal kitchen and everything from the food products down to the utensils must be separated from the regular kitchen and never interchanged.
In addition, the IDCP assisted MDH in identifying suppliers to ensure that they provide halal-certified foodstuffs and equipment.
As part of the agreement, a representative from the IDCP is provided an office and from here will oversee kitchen operations to ensure compliance.
Under this partnership, the MDH, through its Halal Dietary Services, will consistently produce and serve quality, safe and nutritious halal meals to Muslim hospital staff and patients.