DAVAO CITY – A Halal ‘Ready-To-Eat’ (RTE) canned food product contains rice and chicken opens for emergency food assistance throughout disasters and battles in distribution by Qualiproducts Inc. provided by the manufacturer Ana’s Breeders Farms, Inc., or (ABFI), according to ABFI President Mr. Suy.
Mr. Suy said, “911 Foods, we calls it ‘Emergency Gutom,’ were canned and pouched with halal-certified instant food that is acceptable to Muslims,” He continues, “ABFI was a family owned and controlled corporation since 1975, operating a 2,000 layer of hens and broilers,” He said.
Suy said that the non-commercial – for donations, tinned food had different flavors which includes adobo chicken rice, chicken curry, chicken tausi, chicken binagoongan, chicken valenciana and afritada chicken rice – started to operate after Yolanda (Haiyan) Super Typhoon hit the Philippines’ Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte which killed at least 6,300 peoples in November 2013.
“We realized that sending uncooked rice to victims does not help them [victims of manmade or natural disaster] in their immediate needs; instead we need to send them a meal that is ready to eat. Because of this, we started to develop rice meals in pouch and can so that no Filipino will go hungry especially in the face of calamities,” Suy said.
Halal Food For General Consumers
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Secretary Manny F. Piñol has introduced the 911 Foods to consumers as the very first Philippine’s ready-made canned rice and chicken meals during their 119th founding anniversary in 2017, according to DAF Piñol’s post facebook in 2017.
DAF chief said earlier in 2017 that the meal was packed in aluminum foils that produced using international Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Halal food safety standards to ensure permissibility for consumption by Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Health Secretary Paulynn Ubial said that the product have been approved in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health assessment for food security.
Hunger Saver in Disaster
Last 2 years, during the Marawi siege after attacked on May 23, 2017 by armed men identified Maute group followed by counter-attack of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, about hundreds of thousands of Marawi residents were displaced including the 98% residents of Marawi city.
ABFI through government partnership had responded – by donating at least 10,000 packs RTE foods – to Internally Displaced Persons or IDPs, government troops and policemen after government urged the public to donate halal-certified goods during the Marawi crisis in 2017.