By Ali G. Macabalang
NCMF-Sulu stages livelihood training for single parents
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) staged a trainers’ training for the backyard gardening project of its field office in Sulu last January 8, mustering supports from the Bangsamoro autonomous government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), commission spokesman Jun Alonto-Datu Ramos said.
NCMF-Sulu Regional Director Sitti Naf-rada Uñga tapped expert lectures on production of vegetables ranging from seed germination to transplant and sustenance stages.
The training, held at the MAFAR Multipurpose Hall, Capitol Site in Bangkal, Patikul town, was meant for trainees to echo the acquired technologies among single Muslim Filipino parents in Sulu and other parts of the country, and capacitate the husbandless mothers in earning incomes for their families, Datu Ramos said.
The activity was attended by the NCMF employees, selected single mothers from the communities, and the MSU-LHS Batch ’97 support group.
The lecturers included Virginia Arreza and Engking Zakilan, , MAFAR municipal officer and plant quarantine officer, respectively.
MAFAR administrative officer Wendy Reyes, chief agriculturist Jun Ammak, Community Agrarian Officer Al-Jibriel Ladjahasan, and MAFAR staff Marwa Ismael, Mudjamier Hailid, Renneth Ribuan served the event secretariat.
The NCMF and Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan “look forward to the result of this partnership in providing a livelihood” for single parents, Datu Ramos said.!
NCMF-Davao partners with DA for LGU halal development program
The NCMF and Department of Agriculture (DA) regional offices in Region 11 tackled mutual concerns on the halal food production industry in a meeting last January 7 in Davao City, Director Datu Ramos said.
The DA presented its 2020 projects implemented in partnership with the NCMF on the Halal Programs, such as the Kadiwa on Wheels, Halal Goat Project, and Regional Consultation Forum on Halal, while the Davao City government provided briefing updates on its halal slaughter project, which the NCMF assist for Islamic conformity, he said.
NCMF-Region 11 Director Sherrila Porza-Sawah alongside her staff – Chief Sami Buat, Chief Ruby Sangid, and Aliezah Diator – facilitated the meeting, assuring proper issuance of hall certification to the city’s slaughterhouse.
Datu Ramos said the NCMF-Davao office was also contemplating on conducting training on slaughtering operations, goat raising process and other halal-related educational programs.
NCMF Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan has lauded the DA’s commitment to download funds to NCMF-Davao for faster implementation on halal projects region-wide, Datu Ramos said.
NCMF, consultative council renovate Caloocan City madrasah
Caloocan City-based Litahhfeedhil Qur’an Al-kareem madrasah underwent intensive renovation from Dec. 28, 2020 up to last Jan. 5 for the comfort of its morits (students) and asatids (mentors), courtesy of joint supports by the NCMF National Capital Region office and the city’s Muslim Consultative Council (MCC).
Islamic-Arabic school, located at Phase 4, Pack 9, Block 80, Lot 18, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, underwent partial renovation because a full makeover would cost additional P150,000, Director Datu Ramos said.
The initial renovation fund was provided by NCMF-Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs under Director Laman Piang as approved by Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan.
The madrasah administrator Abdullah Said requested renovation assistance in a letter coursed through Settlement Division Acting Chief Nena Balindong during their rice distribution on October 7, 2020 in the Caloocan City Muslim communities, Datu Ramos said.
Caloocan City MCC President Engr. Camal Papandayan helped estimate and purchase the materials used for the repairs on the second floor of the building, covering three rows extension using concrete hollow blocks, plastering, and temporary roofing with refurbished materials, he said.
NCMF-South Luzon, DSWD-Region 5 forge partnership
Officials of the NCMF-South Luzon Regional Office and the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 5 met on January 11, 2021 at the DSWD- 5 regional office, and forged a partnership in the delivery relief services to Muslim communities in the region, Datu Ramos said.
NCMF-South Luzon Regional Director Ceazar Maranda and DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia agreed on modes of providing services to the Muslim Filipinos in the Bicol region, he said.
Director Garcia cited the unique situation of the Muslims living in Luzon, particularly in the Bicol region, even as he lauded his earlier receipt of letter from Director Maranda requesting relief packs for Bicol Muslim communities, and thus ordered the release of 1,345 food packs, Datu Ramos said.
NCMF Secretary Pangarungan congratulated Director Maranda for successfully forging what Datu Ramos described as “historic” partnership unprecedented in their agency’s history. (AGM)