(SDN) — The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) through its North Luzon regional office (NCMF-North Luzon) has ramped up its education and information campaign on hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
Headed by a youthful lady lawyer, Regional Director Bai Raihanah Sarah T. Macarimpas, the NCMF-North Luzon brought the drive on March 20, 2021, to San Juan, La Union.
Before the activity in San Juan, Macarimpas led the distribution of National Food Administration (NFA) rice assistance to the Muslim community in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija.
All in all the NFA-Central Luzon through Assistant Regional Manager Jonathan Yuzon donated 70 50-kilo sacks for Nueva Ecija for 700 families and 10 sacks for Nueva Viscaya.
This was reported by Dr. Dimapuno Alonto Datu-Ramos, director of Bureau of External Relations (NCMF-BER) and NCMF spokesperson.
Topics included Hajj Awareness Program (HAP) as supervised by the Bureau of Pilgrimage and Endowment (NCMF-BPE) under Director Malo Manonggiring covering various subjects related to the obligatory religious activity and assisted by NCMF staff Acmad Pundogar and Abulkhayer Maruhom, and Benjamin Abuat; Covid-19 Awareness drive through NCMF Medical Officer Dr. Jalilah Lao-Ambor as she debunked misinformation on vaccine spread through fake news on social media; Observance of Women’s Month during which Atty. Norainah Daragangan discussed the empowering of women based on teachings of Islam, as well the Magna Carta of Women Act and the Anti-Violence Against Women and Children. Over all it was to recognize and advance the rights of women; legal consultation forum in compliance with NCMF Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan’s directive to expand the Commission’s services in various areas across the country, region by region, community by community.
Earlier on March 15, NCMF-North Luzon and the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) Pampanga Provincial Office conducted a community-based skills training focusing on liquid soap making conducted at Barangay San Pedro, Cutod, San Fernando.
The skills training had 30 participants. A day before on March 16 the activity attracted 25 participants.
Participants learned from the lecture of TESDA Pampanga Provincial Office Focal Person Lorena Salunga Sibug. She also encouraged the participants to engage in livelihood enterprises as she emphasized the importance of setting up relevant business activities especially in the time of the pandemic.
TESDA staff Eldie Llamas showed the skills training participants how to make liquid dishwashing detergent and fabric conditioner. (/)
All images credit to NCMF.