PANABO CITY – The DNSC team composed of Dr. Eliseo F. Huesca Jr., Vice President for Research, Extension and Production, Dr. Jesebel R. Besas, Director for Production Division, Dr. Charlo Bianci M. Guray, Director for Planning and Resource Management, Ms. Sadie D. Law-ay, Gender and Development Focal Person, and Ms. Mylene Ross P. Arcena, faculty member from the Bachelor of Science in Food Technology program, conducted a benchmarking in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) last March 29 – 31, 2022.

The team hoped to gain insights and perspectives on Halal Industry, Gender and Development Programs for Bangsamoro Women, and preservation of Bangsamoro Culture and Heritage. They were able to visit the Halal Laboratory of BARMM’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Cotabato City, as well as the Philippine National Halal Lab and Science Center (PNHLSC) in Koronadal City.

They discussed the possible gaps on Halal industry with the representatives of the Department of Science and Technology Region XII (DOST XII), headed by Engr. Sammy P. Malawan, CESE. The faculty members consulted the idea of establishing DNSC’s Halal Research Center.

The Bangsamoro Commission on Women, led by Chair Hadja Bainon G. Karon, welcomed the DNSC delegation and was favorable to the idea of collaborative research and extension services on gender and development.

The team also had a productive conversation with the officials of Bangsamoro Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, under the leadership of Chair Salem Y. Lingasa, PhD. Among the exciting plans were an initiative on School of Living Tradition and the assistance of BARMM on the establishment of DNSC’s Natural and Cultural museums.