Halal food ecozone

I sent this letter to the Sultan of Brunei last year:

February 22, 2007
His 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 Lavina
Chair, City Council Committee on Trade, Commerce & Industry
Room 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.

5:56 a.m.

Robinsons Davao

The on-going construction of the Robinsons Davao beside the Davao City Water District along JP Laurel is on schedule. It is set to open during the first quarter next year in time for the Araw ng Dabaw festivities.

These I was told by Robinsons Land executives who visited me last week, Henry Yap GM of the Office Building Division and VP for the Design & Planning Department, Danilo Camat, Property Manager of Robinsons Cagayan de Oro and Ramil Roy Sumander, their man in Davao.

The Davao mall will feature its anchor Robinsons Supermarket and Handyman do-it-yourself hardware, spaces for coffee shops, restaurants and other stores. At its second level, 5,000 square meters is designated as IT center for BPO locators. Their application for accreditation with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is now with the City Council. It is in the agenda today (see previous post).

The Davao City Investment Incentive Board, where I sit as a member, earlier approved its request for grant of fiscal and non-fiscal incentives.

Its entry here is much anticipated similar to the opening of other major mall and retail giants in the country. It is exepected to help generate jobs and contribute to the dynamism of the local economy.

Visit this skyscrapercity thread monitoring the progress of the mall construction.

6:21 a.m.