President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is preparing the ground for the development of a local "halal" food industry, with the aim of breaking into the US$80bn global market for meat slaughtered according to strict Islamic rules. While the Philippines is a predominantly Christian country, there is no established halal industry to cater for its Muslim minority, but that is expected to change as the President prepares an Executive Order to create the Philippine Halal Certification and Regulatory Board.