DAVAO CITY — Muslim brothers and sisters will no longer worry breaching their vow against eating prohibited food when dining out as a ‘Muslim-friendly’ ordinance was approved yesterday.
In yesterday’s regular session, the City Council approved the “Halal Lane Ordinance” which requires supermarkets, grocery stores and other establishments selling raw fish, seafoods, meat, processed meat and other meat products as well as suppliers to distinguish and separate Halal food from non-Halal or Haram food items all throughout the process.
“The purpose of the ordinance is to promote, protect, and respect the religious belief, customs and traditions of our Muslim community in Davao City in their sacred concept of halal and to ensure the spiritual purity and cleanliness on their food consumption,” the ordinance reads.
Violating establishments will be fined with 500 pesos to 1,000 pesos for the first offense, 1,000 pesos to 3,000 pesos and/or suspension of the business permit and license to operate for at least three to six months for the second offense.
For the third offense, violators will be penalized with 3,000 to 5,000 and/or revocation of business permit and license to operate.
Chair of the Committee on Cultural Communities and Muslim Affairs Bai Halila Y. Sudagar considered this as a landmark ordinance since it is the first time this kind of ordinance is created in the city.
“This will create a good impact on Davao City knowing that the city is not a Muslim-dominated city, yet we have a Muslim-friendly ordinance,” said Sudagar.
Sudagar said it will save Muslims like her to “unconsciously” violate their vow against Haram food.
“There are instances that we do not notice the presence of the Haram in the food we eat,” she said.
Consumers can air their complaints to the Business Bureau, City Health Office (CHO), City Veterinarian Office in coordination with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
Sudagar said she appreciated the positive feedback of the business establishments towards the ordinance.
| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: ‘Muslim-friendly’ ordinance passed, April 13, 2016