Policies eyed for Halal industry

THE DAVAO City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) and the Halal Industry Development Council will start discussions in drafting a set of policies for the Halal industry in the city.

DCIPC head Lemuel Ortonio told TIMES the two bodies are scheduled to meet within the last quarter of the year to start the drafting of the policies.

 “We plan to meet maybe this October. Because we only met once, but it was more of introduction (on) what is Halal as not all members of the board of the council are Muslims. So, very limited ang knowledge on Halal,” he said.

He added that they also intend to invite the Halal Council under the Department of Trade and Industry to discuss with the national body on how to harmonize the policies.

Ortonio said another possible point of discussions of the two bodies is the plan to improve the city’s Halal industry with the goal of taking advantage of the entry of more Muslim tourists from other countries, including Malaysia.

AirAsia Philippines is planning to start the service in December between the city and Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Ortonio also said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio directed his agency to lure more investors into the Halal industry as the mayor wants to see a Halal abattoir.

He added that a representative of a Malaysian company has expressed interest in inviting more investors in the sector as there are only 10 Halal-certified establishments in the city.

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