I sent this letter to the Sultan of Brunei last year:
February 22, 2007His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah,the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.Warmest Greetings of Peace!Re attached News Item on Brunei’s plan for a Halal Food Processing Plant:Allow us to offer Davao City as the site for this investment.Davao City is the largest city in southern Philippines and acts as the de facto center of the BIMP-EAGA. The Asia Institute of Management (AIM) has named it as the most competitive metropolitan city in the country.It has excellent supply for halal meat products. The city has a Halal Food Council. The city is free from hoof-and-mouth disease and free from bird flu virus.It has excellent labor force in the food processing industry manifested by the presence of big food processors with ISO standards.It has air and sea links with its neighbors in the BIMP-EAGA region.Moreover, the city government offers fiscal and non-fiscal incentives on top of the tax holidays provided by the national government through the Board of Investments. Part of our non-fiscal incentives is to help potential investors look for suitable sites, local suppliers, local managerial and labor force, process various government regulatory permits, among others.Should you wish to come to see what our city can offer, feel free to contact us. We shall be most happy to assist you.Thank you very much.Councilor Peter Tiu LavinaChair, City Council Committee on Trade, Commerce & IndustryRoom 3, SP Bldg., Davao City
I cced Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.
I am glad that his office is pursuing the plan for the halal food processing center here in Davao.