The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) commended Davao City for providing halal-friendly legislations during the opening of the 1st Philippine National Halal Conference held at Marco Polo Davao from May 2-3.
“We commend Davao City for having local ordinances for Halal,” said Ramon Lopez, secretary of DTI and chairman of the Halal Export Development and Promotion Board.
Lopez urged local government units (LGUs) throughout the country to strengthen their local ordinances for the development of the country’s Halal Industry. This can be done by providing the right environment for Halal Development such as, for example, enacting local ordinances for Halal like what Davao has done.
Republic Act 10187, also known as the “Philippine Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016”, is still in the infancy stage having been passed two years ago and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was only crafted in July last year.
Davao City is known for being the first city in the Philippines to have a Halal Ordinance. The Halal Ordinance of Davao City, which was originally passed in 2010 but later on amended, requires establishments to acquire certification first before they can use the halal word and logo in their trade name.
It is also the first city in the country to have an ordinance that mandates the segregation of halal food from haram (forbidden) food items, from delivery to storage, display, weighing, slicing, carrying thru baskets/carts/trolleys, until its final packing at the payment counter.
The city’s tourism sector is pushing to make Davao as a halal center in Mindanao with a view of capturing part of the global halal food and lifestyle market which, according to Lopez, is expected to reach $3 Trillion in the next three years.
LGUs like Davao can also take advantage of the other halal opportunities in the areas of recreation, media, fashion, pharmaceuticals, personal care and cosmetics and tourism.
The city’s hosting of the first national conference on halal products is highly significant, considering that it is being eyed as a major player in the country’s halal industry. There are more or less 450,000 registered Muslims in the city.
“The government is set to develop and promote PH as a significant player in the global Halal Ecosystem. This will be done via this conference by informing the world that PH is ready to take on a bigger role in the Halal industry,” Lopez said. CIO