Mindanao Times » City Council http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 Sudagar wants Halal kitchen built for Halal restaurants http://mindanaotimes.net/sudagar-wants-halal-kitchen-built-for-halal-restaurants/ http://mindanaotimes.net/sudagar-wants-halal-kitchen-built-for-halal-restaurants/#comments Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:57:11 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=54226 Read more ›]]> A City Councilor is proposing an ordinance that mandates the construction of a Halal kitchen for establishments claiming to serve Halal products.

Councilor Bai Halila Sudagar, chair on the committee on cultural communities and Muslim affairs, said that “there is a need to allocate a space for Halal kitchen space in order to provide confidence and assurance among the Muslim community that upon eating in establishments claiming halal services, the latter genuinely serve Halal products in conform in conformity with Islamic laws.”

Sudagar also cited that Sec. 2 of the Republic Act 9997 states, “it is henceforth the policy of the State to ensure the rights and well being of Muslim Filipinos with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions, as well as to further ensure their contribution to national goals and aspiration and to make them active participants in nation-building.”

She added that the “consumption of Halal products is not only for the benefit of the Muslimsbut to all persons, Muslim or non-Muslim alike, because the purpose of promoting Halal industry is to provide clean and pure food products, free from any adulteration or contamination.”

Based on draft of the ordinance, the Halal space also includes the equipment, utensils, containers and any other materials, necessary for storage, preparation and up to the consumption of food and beverages.

The proposed ordinance was approved on first reading on Feb. 6 and was referred to her committee.

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Council OKs assistance to 3 cities, 6 towns affected by Mayon eruption http://mindanaotimes.net/council-oks-assistance-to-3-cities-6-towns-affected-by-mayon-eruption/ http://mindanaotimes.net/council-oks-assistance-to-3-cities-6-towns-affected-by-mayon-eruption/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:46:06 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53654 ]]> The City Council yesterday approved to release P4.5-million cash assistance to the areas affected by the rumbling Mayon Volcano in Albay.

The council unanimously approved the request of City Mayor Sara Duterte, as forwarded by City Administrator lawyer Zuleika Lopez, on Monday to have legislative authority to utilize a portion of the 30 percent Quick Response Fund (QRF) out of the five percent of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund (calamity fund) of the City Government for Calendar Year 2017.

During the session’s suspended rules, Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chair on the Committee on Finance, Ways and Means, and Appropriation, pushed for the approval of the measure.

In the ordinance, the cities of Ligao, Tabaco, and Legaspi and the municipalities of Camalig, Daraga, Guinobatan, Malilipot, Sto. Domingo and Bacacay will receive P500,000 each.

According to City Budget Officer Ermelinda Furog Gallego, the 30 percent QRF’s current balance stands at P113,659,663.50. Once the aid will be appropriated, P109,159,663.50 will be left for Davao City.

Based on rules, the amount can’t be disbursed without the affected areas declaration of state of calamity. On Jan. 16, Albay was placed under a state of calamity amid the threat of the Mayon Volcano’s hazardous eruption, which has prompted thousands of residents to evacuate.

City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) chief Emmanuel Jaldon said that according to the Office of Civil Defense, due to the eruption of Mayon Volcano it has affected 20,477 families with 79,757 individuals.
As of Jan, 29, the Mayon Volcano is at alert level 4. Mayon’s seismic monitoring network also recorded four volcanic earthquakes, seven tremor events, two of which correspond to lava fountaining events, and 23 rock fall incidents.
Last December the city government also donated P8-million for the affected areas in Visayas hit by Typhoon Urduja.

The Marawi City has also received P5 million financial assistance from the city on November for its rehabilitation after the five-month siege laid by the Islamic State-inspired militants.

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