DTI Region 5 represented by Regional Director Jocelyn Blanco (second from left) recently paid a courtesy call to Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya (second from right), while in Malaysia to promote the region’s pili nut and conduct market observation. The group is composed of Pili producers Leslie Pili Products, Noveno’s Pilinut Candies, The R.A.I.N.S. Delicacies, Tia Berning Pili Candies, Antes Enterprises, Espeña Eco Farm Enterprises and herbal drink brand YML Health Food Products. Also in photo are (extreme l & r) DTI-Region 5 consultant Rose Kwan and Philippine Trade & Investment Center (PTIC)-Malaysia Assistant Louie Lee.

The Philippines is the only country capable of the commercial production and processing of the Pili Nut and the government steadily supports the Pili industry to meet the rising worldwide demand for innovative, new flavors and tastes. The Pili nut is not genetically modified, gluten-free, zero-gram trans fat, low-calorie, and cholesterol-free. It can even compete with almond and macadamia in texture, taste and extracted micro-nutrient yield. The product now comes in honey cinnamon, sugar glaze, salted, roasted, sea salt, chili garlic, hot chili and turmeric flavors.

PTIC-Malaysia also arranged a meeting with Halal Development Corporation, as some producers and other Bicol food companies are set to undergo halal certification within the year