DAVAO CITY, June 30, 2010 (News Agencies) .
Muslims in Davao City can soon dine at local restaurants with confidence. A recently passed city ordinance requires all food establishments here to seek accreditation from a Muslim Ulama Halal certifying and monitoring agency, the Manila Bulletin reports.
Once it becomes a law, restaurants found guilty of committing forbidden procedures, such as preparing halal food using kitchen wares previously used in preparing pork-based food, would face penalties of P500 for the first offense and revocation of business permit for the third and final offense.
Muslim communities here are elated with this development as they admit looking for restaurants that adhere to halal can be frustrating.
“Looking for restaurants serving halal meals is really hard for us. Sometimes we would just go to restaurants and order food that has no haram (opposite of halal) ingredient,” Moselemen Ayo-Malambut Macarambon Jr., told the Manila Bulletin Wednesday.