DAVAO CITY- An official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) recently announced that Mindanao is now opened for Halal related investments to entice more investors to invest in the island.
Amhed Jeoffrey Datukan, Development Management Office – Information Relations Division of MinDA told media that during an outbound mission together with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates (UAE) they conducted a business matching mission to promote Philippines products and focused more on Halal related products that they are trying to export out of the country.
“This is in response to the Republic Act 10817 and MinDa as part of the board we joined and participated to this event to promote Halal potential investments that we can offer to our areas,” he said.
Datukan said they established mechanisms to entice investors to come in and invest in Mindanao for Halal related investments. He said one of the requirements for the mechanism is to capacitate the Local Government Units (LGUs).
“Because we always thought in MinDA that we should not let the national government handle we need to be capacitated locally in order to help the development of not only Halal but the overall mechanisms because the local government are not just there to wait on what the national government will direct to them but to act according to their capacity,” he said.
Datukan said through these mechanisms they are eyeing to achieve in the promotion of Halal by making the LGUs understand that they have a role and that the government is doing this for them to help their municipalities and their cities on what potential investments that they can offer to potential investors.
He said agricultural economic zones, which areas have now identified and developed, is one of the mechanisms in promoting Halal industry.
The agency is now doing several rounds for the LGUs to come up a Halal council.
Davao City already has an Executive Order No. 12 creating the Davao City Halal Industry Development Council.
“But we’re still lobbying it to convert it into an ordinance and to provide more power and opportunities within the scope of the council to really look at the development of Halal within the city,” he said.
Datukan said they are using this idea to create a Halal value chain in the mechanism where the city will have to create a roadmap intended for a commodity and identify what specific value chain that should be develop for it to be holistic for a specific commodity.