NCMF-South Luzon Regional Director Ceasar Maranda witnesses signing of covenant for creation of Cavite Muslim Consultative Council
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By EDD K. USMAN
BAGUIO CITY (SDN) — The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)-North Luzon under Regional Director Attorney Bai Raihanah Sarah t. Macarimpas continued its series of education and information campaign on various issues.
This time the young NCMF official and his staff conducted a Covid-19 vaccination awareness seminar for Muslim Filipino traders in Benguet in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), according to the report that NCMF Spokesman and Director Dr. Dimapuno Alonto Datu-Ramos, Jr., head of the Bureau of External Relations (NCMF-BER).
Macarimpas said the activity was part of NCMF-North Luzon’s Vaccination Awareness Drive to inform the Muslim Filipino communities about the vaccine and its importance.
Over in Tarlac City on March 8, 2021, Macarimpas visited the NCMF-North Luzon constituents there and also held a series of meetings, including with the local government unit (LGU) led by Mayor Maria Cristina Angeles.
In their meeting, the lady mayor assured the lady regional director of the city’s support to the Tarlac Muslim community. Included in their discussion was the plan to establish in the city a Muslim Affairs Office (MAO) designed to cater to the mayor’s Muslim constituents.
“The assistance of NCMF-North Luzon for the fast establishment and implementation of this office was requested by the LGU,” the NCMF-North Luzon said.
While in Tarlac City, Macarimpas and her staff also paid a visit to the Al-Ragabi Mosque (Masjid Al-Ragabi) to pay their respects.
Datu-Ramos said the team of Regional Director Macarimpas also emphasized facts relating to the vaccine, and corrected myths and misconceptions caused by fake news circulating in social media.
She urged the traders to not believe misinformation being spread on social media and rely only on authorities for any information about the vaccines now being provided first to front-liners in the medical and health sector and the security sector in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Macarimpas recently replaced then NCMF-North Luzon Regional Director Hadja Sinab Dimaampao who retired from the government.
There were 68 participants who joined the program held here in the Pine City — Baguio City, Benguet, CAR. NCMF-North Luzon Medical Officer Dr. Jalilah Lao-Ambor delivered the lecture on the topic as the resource speaker.
Meanwhile, the NCMF-South Luzon headed by Regional Director Ceasar Maranda witnessed and encouraged the formation of the Cavite Muslim Consultative Council, stressing its importance as conduit to addressing the concerns of Muslims in the province.
Maranda’s office conducted on March 16 a Hajj Awareness Program (HAP) and Community Consultative Forum in Cavite participated by sheikhs (pilgrim leaders), community and religious leaders, and intending pilgrims for 2021.
The NCMF-South Luzon head emphasized the importance of unity among members of the community. At least 12 organizations attended the forum.
Under the leadership of Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan, the NCMF is conducting Covid-19 and vaccine awareness campaigns nationwide to assist the national government and the Department of Health (DOH) regarding the efforts to stop the transmission and spread of the coronavirus disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.
Datu-Ramos said the quarantines and series of lockdowns in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of the country require pro-active actions and initiatives from the NCMF to at least help the local Muslims relieve their anxiety, stress, and pandemic fatigue.
On the orders of Secretary Pangarungan, the NCMF-BER head said the Commission has constantly been reaching out to its constituents nationwide to make them feel they are not abandoned. (/)
All photos credit to NCMF-North Luzon and NCMF-South Luzon.