This came after the Department of Agriculture in Region XI (DA-XI) recently launched the Kadiwa on Wheels exclusively for certified Halal food products on Tuesday (June 23) in Brgy. Tigatto, Davao City.
Since April 3, DA-XI through its Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD) conducted 104 Kadiwa on Wheels to make affordable food products more accessible to communities under enhanced and general community quarantine.
While the Kadiwa has served numerous consumers in Davao City, Muslim communities still have difficulty to access certified Halal products as some considered "haram" or forbidden items in Islam are being sold.
Halal, an Arabic word defined as permissible according to Shariah Law, is required in the consumption of food as well as services among our Muslim brothers and sisters. Certified Halal products also assures proper hygiene and sanitation during its preparation making advantageous to both Islam and other consumers.
"This is a good program [Kadiwa on Halal products] as it ensures Muslim consumers that they are buying Halal certified products and arrests their fear of contamination with non-Halal certified," Regional Director Sherilla Porza Sawan of the national Commission on Muslim Filipinos.
Products Halal products sold in the recent Kadiwa include beef, poultry, fish products including fruits and vegetables pegged at reasonable price.
DA-XI Kadiwa focal person Juvy Pregon said another Kadiwa on Halal products was conducted today, June 25 in Brgy. Sirawan on and in Brgy. Waan on June 26 to make Halal food more accessible to Muslim consumers in Davao City especially in these times that we continue to fight unseen pathogen.
Flordelisa Itim, one of the buyers of Halal Kadiwa said looking for Halal products in the city has become doubly difficulty especially in these times of pandemic due to limited transportation. "Certified Halal products has become accessible and prices are also affordable. We are secured with food supply while we adhere to our Islamic faith," she said.
"Aside from selling certified Halal products, we are also providing plastic crates to our farmer-traders to reduce damage or postharvest losses while transporting their products from their farm to Kadiwa sites,' said DA-XI Operations Chief Marie Ann Constantino.
The DA-XI Kadiwa on Wheels has already generated more than P16-million in gross sales and has served more than 32,860 households in Davao City. | RAFIS11