Islamic Da'wah Council of the Philippines, Inc.
To work together for the upliftment of the economic, educational and social status of the Filipino Muslims and the poor and needy segments of the Philippine society thru welfare programmes in cooperation with the welfare and development agencies in order to attain total human development.
To create better understanding thru mutual respect, help and cooperation among our peoples taking into consideration the values and guidance laid down by the Almighty God.
What is IDCP?
A registered federation of 98 Muslim Organizations throughout the Philippines. It is an Accredited Islamic Religious Non-Government Organization (NGO) by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD);
IDCP is an active member of the following:
- World Halal Council (WHC);
- Regional Islamic Da'wah Council of Southeast Asia & The Pacific (RISEAP);
- World Assembly of Muslim Youth
- World Federation of Islamic Missions and others
IDCP is also a counterpart of the IDB Educational Trust Foundation in the Philippines.
IDCP was formed November 1981 and was successfully registered in Security and Exchange (SEC) on January 1982. The primary purpose is to create a national religious organization of Muslims in order to address the usual concerns affecting the Muslims in the Philippines brought about by the continued de-islamization in the Muslim countries especially in Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan (MINSUPALA), as part of its purposes was to include all concerns affecting Muslims ranging from da’wah program, education among Muslim individuals and family, economic uplifting among Muslim families, publications, and others considering their religion and their relationship with the Christian majority in the country in order that they could have peacefully side by side without disregarding and abandoning their Islam religion identity as Muslims.
In 1987, some companies approached the IDCP office, which was then known to be existing Muslim organization that teaches Islam thru radio and television programs as well as conducting an Annual General Assembly among the Muslim communities and organization. The concern of some companies are about the acceptance of their products exported to Muslim countries. They were required to have their products be certified and endorsed as Halal by the credible and respected organization in the local community.
This was the reason why IDCP, after consulting its officers, Board of Directors, and Fatwa committee, decided to organize and set-up the Halal certification committee within the Islamic Da'wah Council of the Philippines (IDCP-Halal). At first, it was only composed of ten (10) members carefully selected according to their expertise in food technology, food manufacturing, chemical and biological expertise affecting the food industry as well as the requirements of maintaining a stable and reliable manufacturing process by the applicant for Halal certification.
This team became bigger when IDCP felt the need to address concerns on animal slaughtering including that of large cattle but on top of this is the daily concerns of food manufacturer on process food that are produced using various ingredients and raw materials, which needed to be validated whether they are of Halal origin or processed without that contaminants that will affect the quality of the Halal product. This concern was elevated to different types of manufacturing such as pharmaceutical and medicine, beverages and drinking waters most of which concerns were from contaminated sources which cannot be accepted and certified as Halal.
In its administrative operation, IDCP became well-known to the Halal industry worldwide especially when they have joined a famous group of Halal certifiers, the World Halal Council (WHC).
IDCP as Halal Certification Body
IDCP started to include Halal verification and accreditation on food and non-food products since 1987 but formulated its Halal Certification policies in 1995. Became member of WHC (World Halal Council) in year 2000 with Indonesia, was its president up to the present and thereafter became recognized Halal certification and accreditation authority worldwide.
On July 3, 2003, the Supreme Court of the Philippines decreed that the Government cannot certify Halal being a religious concern and the IDCP and similar organization is the official Halal Certification Authority. To date, IDCP has certified more than 1,500 companies here and abroad as Halal accredited companies in which IDCP has endorsed and guaranteed their products as Halal and fit for the use and consumption of Muslims and mankind in general.