The market is a bit of a mixed bag, with some halal restaurants offering delicious dishes, but the biggest takeaway for many is that the prices are much higher than other markets.
“I’m a huge fan of the halal products, but we’re not getting the quality that we should,” said Shafileh Ghambani, a marketing assistant at the Halal Market in Tacloban City.
“It’s not the quality, it’s the price.”
Ghambari said that many halal vendors have been working on a “small scale” to make the market work.
“It is still a little bit in the beginning stages, but it will be great,” he said.
In the meantime, Halal market owners are busy trying to find new markets to open.
Ghamabani said that he’s been told that some of the vendors in the market will close in the coming days, but he said it’s possible that they might re-open when they’ve found more places to cater to customers.
Halal market manager Abul Kalifat said that it will take a while for the market to work out what the next phase is going to be.
“But I’m sure we will see more halal outlets come to the market in the near future,” he told Rappler.
The halal food market is one of the few places in the country where people can buy and sell food from a range of halal and non-halal products.
The markets are located in many locations around the country, and most of the food is prepared and sold at the market, with the only exceptions being those areas where people are allowed to purchase meat.
Khalal market owner Abul Khalil Ghambi says the market has been open since 2002 and that the only thing that changed is the quality of the meat and the price of the product.
While there are halal businesses in the area, there are not enough in the larger cities to support the market.
Gahabani is optimistic about the future of the market but said that there will always be problems.
“We need to do our best to find more halalt places and to open more places in larger cities.
But it will not be easy,” he admitted.
With files from Rappler