It's official. Davao City is the Chocolate Capital of the Philippines.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday signed into law Republic Act No. 11547 which declares his hometown as the chocolate capital of the country, and the entire Davao Region as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines.
The declaration, according to Duterte, was "in recognition of Davao’s status as the country’s biggest producer of cacao and in making the Philippines world-renowned and sought after by chocolate makers from the U.S., Japan, and Europe."
The President also recognized the importance of cacao as a driver of development in rural areas.
Davao is home to the renowned Malagos chocolates which are made “from tree to bar.” Its maker has also been recognized for sustainable and ethical farming practices.