Davao business group mulls establishing Halal food street

In a bid to attract more tourists, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (DCCCII) mulls establishing a Halal food street in the city.

In a news article posted at Sunstar Davao, DCCCII president Arturo M. Milan said they are eyeing Quezon Boulevard as the site of the food street considering a large number of Muslims living nearby and there is constant stream of Muslim tourists into the city.

The report says Milan cited that the city can help by granting business permit in the area to make it more attractive.

Muslims from other parts of the country choose Davao as destination to put up their small businesses, to study or to work.

Agencies of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao also select the city as venue for seminars and trainings. 

Islam mandates Muslim to eat Halal foods and these are foods which are clean, healthy, and free from alcohol or does not contain any derivatives from pork.

Halal certification guarantees that the food produced are free from any Haram (forbidden) contamination.

Meat from chicken or cattle is considered Halal if the source animals are slaughtered in accordance with Islamic rites and if the feeds or foods fed on them are also Halal.

Reports say foreign Muslim tourists decline to consider Philippines as their destination for vacation due to the absence or less availability of Halal certified hotels and food establishments.