Mayor Inday Sara says facility to boost Davao’s halal products
Mayor Inday Sara Duterte expressed optimism about the prospects of the city’s halal products with the opening of the Halal Verification Laboratory at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XI compound.
“The launch of the Halal Verification Laboratory is envisioned to increase the profitability of halal products from Davao in neighboring cities in Mindanao and in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area(BIMP-EAGA),” Mayor Inday said in a message read on her behalf by DOST XI director Dr. Anthony Sales.
Republic Act 10817, or the Philippines Halal Export Development and Promotion Act of 2016, recognizes the role of Halal industries to the national economic development. The law mandates the promotion of the integrity and quality of Philippine Halal exports.
Mayor Inday Sara, the chairperson of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council, said the acknowledgment of the importance of the halal industry is reflective of the respect for cultural diversity in the country.
“And since Mindanao has the biggest of Muslim communities, it is only appropriate that we are at the forefront in terms of the efforts to ensure that our products are halal-certified,” she said.
Mayor Inday said the establishment of the Halal Verification Laboratory in the city will not only be beneficial to Muslims in the country.
“The advent of this Halal Verification Laboratory will also position us in a better advantage in the halal industry in Asia than ever before,” she said. CIO