NCMF leads 3 big events this week

Published March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ali Macabalang 

COTABATO CITY – The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is spearheading the staging of three events of global significance this week, including the 46th Qur’an reading contest that chose the Philippine female and male entries to upcoming international competitions.

NCMF-supplies photo showing the male and female champions of the 46th National Qur’an Reading contest held in Quezon City on March 3, namely Mohammad Sedik Guiwan from the NCR and Rahima P. Amerol from Northern Mindanao (shown holding their trophies) in a pose with relatives and contest facilitators.)
NCMF-supplies photo showing the male and female champions of the 46th National Qur’an Reading contest held in Quezon City on March 3, namely Mohammad Sedik Guiwan from the NCR and Rahima P. Amerol from Northern Mindanao (shown holding their trophies) in a pose with relatives and contest facilitators. (Photo via Ali Macabalang / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mohammad Sedik K. Guiwan from National Capital Region and Rahima P. Amerol from Northern Mindanao bested their respectively counterparts across the country in the male and female categories, respectively, of the reading contest held in Quezon City on Tuesday, March 3, NCMF spokesman Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos said.

He said Guiwan, a new national champ, and Amerol, who defended her title earned in the 2019 tilt, will represent the country in international Qur’an reading contests this year.

In recent years, at least three Filipino male contestants were adjudged champions in the annual global tilts that were once dominated for over a decade by the late renowned Qari Abdulbasit Abdulsamad of Egypt in the 1960s.

On March 2, NCMF regional offices across the nation held convergences kicking off activities for this year’s Women’s Day and Month celebrations, which the United Nations launched in 1975 to promote gender equality and women’s and children’s rights.

Datu Ramos posted in Facebook some photos of female NCMF personnel in Caraga region celebrating with counterparts from other faiths, and cheering the rendition of Zumba dance cum exercise.

Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro autonomous government officially started the celebration of the Women’s Month here with a parade attended by officials and employees of the infant geopolitical entity’s different ministries and offices.

Bangsamoro Women’s Council Chairperson and Regional Parliament Member Hadja Bainon Karon led the program here, pointing out in her message the significant role of women in the struggle for self-determination in the south.

Like Karon, NCMF Secretary Saidamen Pangarungan in a statement for the celebration underscored the importance of women’s roles in the promotion of peace and development strides in Islamic parlance.

On Wednesday, March 4, Pangarungan gathered all NCMF national and regional executives at the main office to stage various activities in celebration of their agency’s 10th year anniversary foundation.

The NMCF was created under R.A. 9997, which was enacted on Feb. 18, 2010 for it to replace the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) and continue promoting the rights, concerns, and aspirations of Muslims in the country.

The commission now has a total of 924 plantilla-positions, including eight Commissioners, seven Bureau Directors, three Staff Directors, eleven Regional Directors, and eight field officers.

Traditionally, the NCMF advises the Presidents on issues and policies concerning Muslim Filipino welfare; plans and coordinates activities related to Islamic activities including the annual hajj (pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia); and undertakes ethnographic researches for the advancement of culture and institutions of Muslim Filipinos, among others.

Under the administration of Pangarungan, whom President Duterte installed in office in July 2018, Malacañang and Congress tasked the NCMF to plan and carry out initiatives on preventing and countering violent extremism via mechanisms, including the formation of Muslim consultative councils in the country’s urban cities.

 
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