NCMF-North Luzon Joins DSWD in Distribution of 3,000 Family Food Packs to Needy Muslims


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The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCM)-North Luzon headed by Regional Director Atty. Bai Raihanah Sara T. Macarimpas-Pacasum has distributed 3,000 Family Food Packs (FFPs) to thousands of indigent Muslim families in the region.

Macarimpas-Pacasum said the distribution was a partnership between NCMF-North Luzon with the Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD) and implemented by the NCMF-North Luzon’s Pampanga Field Office under Provincial Director Atty. Abbas Macadatar.

The distribution reached families in Regions I, II and III. For Region I, she said the Pampanga Field Office distributed the FFPs in the municipalities of Bantay, Sta. Maria, Tagudin, Cabugao, and Candon which are all in Ilocos Sur; Laoag, Ilocos Norte; and San Fernando and Agoo, La Union.

Macarimpas-Pacasum said the DSWD will schedule distribution for some areas in Pangasinan.        

On the other hand, the NCMF-North Luzon regional director said a Pampanga Field Office team distributed FFPs for Muslim communities in Maddela and Diffun; Quirino; Alicia and Cabagan, Isabela; Bambang and Bagabag, Nueva Viscaya; and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, as of August 22.

Additional FFPs support for some areas in Tuguegarao City and Solano, Nueva Viscaya were still being under processing and assessment. For Cordon, Isabela, FFPs were already for hauling. (Note that those for processing and assessment for those for hauling could already have been distributed, considering it is now September 2.)

Meanwhile, Muslim leaders in Quezon and Santiago City, Isabela, waived their supposed share of FFPs because the City Social Work and Development (CSWD) Santiago City will provide for them.

As this developed, Macarimpas-Pacasum clarified that the NCMF-North Luzon was not able to distribute FFPs in the Cordillera Administration Region (CAR), particularly for the Muslim communities in Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Abra, and Mountain Province.

“We want to inform everyone that 1,000 FFPs for CAR Muslim communities were given by the Office of NCMF Secretary Guiling Mamondiong to Councilor Vladimir Cayabas and Mr. Arnulfo Almocera (a staff at Mamonding’s Office). NCMF-North Luzon did not receive anything (for CAR) areas,” she clarified.

In similar vein, the Pampanga Field Office of Macadatar received 1,000 FFPs from DSWD-Region III in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Muslim community leaders personally received their respective share for their people, such as Samanodin Marohom (Olongapo City); Bocari Macacuna (Tarlac); Parker Basar (Calapacuan, Subic); Alex Pasandalan (Zambales); Sultan Ampuan (Bataan); Omar Manalocon (Bulacan); Salman Ampuan (San Pedro Cutud); Alehata Ahmad (Northville, San Fernando); Jabbal Dipatuan Dianalan ((Mabalacat); Latip Malambut (Cabanatuan City).

Macadatar’s team distributed the FFPs to the above communities from July 19 to August 9, 2022.

As another typhoon hits Northern Luzon, expect NCMF-North Luzon to be responding to affected constituents of the agency under Macarimpas-Pacasum. (✓)

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