By EDD K. USMAN
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NEW National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)-North Luzon Regional Director Rajah-Ali A. Pumbaya is hitting the ground running.
Hardly has he warmed his seat at the NCMF-North Luzon Headquarters in San Fernando City, Pampanga, he is already a busy-body.
This was learned from Director Dr. Dimapuno Alonto Datu-Ramos, Jr., spokesperson of the NCMF.
“Pumpabaya met with 15 members of the Imams League of the Province of Pampanga (ILPP). The meeting was held in Angeles, Pandan Masjid, Pampanga, on February 1,” said Datu-Ramos, head of the Bureau External Relations (NCMF-BER).
He added that Pumbaya’s meeting with the Muslim religious leaders discussed the selection of one lucky imam to perform for free the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage, in 2020, Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Other highlights, he added, included the Philippine halal industry, provision of a Muslim cemetery, and the upcoming Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month when members of the global Islamic community perform a dawn-to-dusk fasting.
“Other topics include the plans for promoting unity among Muslims in Pampanga, the problems in the land where the Masjids are situated, particularly the legal scenario about their status, the preservation of cultures among Muslims, and the role of imams in the community,” the NCMF spokesperson said.
“The NCMF will persist in forming linkages with various sectors of the society. The Religious Sector led by the imams is an integral factor in achieving the goals of the Commission, and we thank the Imams League of Pampanga for their warm welcome and active participation.”
With the Muslim religious leaders in Pampanga province. (Photo: NCMF-North Luzon)
Based on its mandate a Regional Office shall have, within its administrative region, the following functions:
- Implement laws, rules, regulations, policies, programs, and projects of the Commission;
- Establish regional and provincialHajj coordinating and monitoring units:
- Provide efficient and effective service to Muslim Filipinos:
- Coordinate with regional offices and agencies of the Executive Department:
- Coordinate with local government units: and
- Perform such other functions as may be provided by law.
Pumbaya replaced Hadja Sinab M. Dimaampao who retired as NCMF-North Luzon head. (SDN)