DAVAO CITY, Philippines—In order to ensure the marketability of foods that are certified as “halal” in both domestic and global market, City Mayor Sara Duterte issued Executive Order No. 12 to pave way for the creation of Davao City Halal Industry Development Council.

In a City Information Office dispatch Wednesday, the Presidential daughter said that “innovations across this value chain could be a driver for new markets and greater profits as the global halal industry is valued at trillions of dollars.”

With this, Duterte urged the national government agencies to work together and harmonize all efforts to enhance the growth of the halal industry.

By doing so, she believed that this would “help the government in coming up with a unified system for production,certification and marketing so the Philippines can maximize its huge potential in Global Halal Market.”

Duterte will serve as the chair of the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council and her co-chair is the President of the Mindanao Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The council’s membership also includes officials of various city offices, the Davao City Office of Muslim Affairs for HalalShariah Concerns; the Davao City Investment and Promotion Center (DCIPC) for Investment Concerns; and TourismCongress of the Philippines Halal Committee for Halal Tourism.

Halal foods are foods that are permitted under the Shariah (Islamic) Law. Suh law is based on the teaching of Qu’ran which does not contain any materials from animals that is not “halal” including ingredients and used of equipment that are considered as “haram” or forbidden under the Islamic law, according to the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines (davaotoday.com)

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