President Marcos Lauds NCMF Work on Inclusion of Muslims in National Agenda

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NCMF family picture with Muslim Affairs Secretary/CEO Guiling ‘Gene’ A. Mamondiong (3rd, left), Secretary Antonio Lagdameo, special assistant to President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

By EDD K. USMAN | Twitter: @edd1819 Instagram: @bluestar0910 | Facebook: SDN — SciTech and Digital News

(SDN) January 31, 2023 — President Ferdinand R. Marcos. Jr. today, Tuesday, lauded the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) for its work on the inclusion of the local Muslims in the national agenda.

The President sent his commendation to the NCMF headed by Secretary Guiling “Gene” A. Mamondiong during the Commission’s First National Development Leaders’ Summit held here at Conrad Hotel, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

NCMF Secretary Gene A. Mamondiong with NCMF Planning Service Director Haidee V. Ampatuan, MNSA. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

“Since the beginning of this administration, the NCMF has ensured the inclusion of our Muslim communities in or national agenda through the policies and programs that uplift their respective communities,” the Chief Executive said in a speech at the event read for him by Secretary Antonio F. Lagdameo, Jr., special assistant to the President.

“It has become a beacon of empowerment for Muslim Filipinos through initiatives that advocate their beliefs and enrich their traditions,” Marcos said.

The President said with the work of the NCMF for Muslim inclusion, “I am very thankful for your selfless service.”

Senator Abdul Aziz ‘Robin’ Padilla at the NCMF Summit. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

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With a theme revolving around “Strengthening NCMF in Building Resilient Muslim Communities”, the Commission’s Planning Service Unit headed by Director Haidee V. Ampatuan organized the conference “to develop programs to help Muslims in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao establish a resilient Muslim community, wherein every Muslim family is empowered, with productive and sustainable livelihood, a family free from harm and feeling safe, and freely exercising its faith without reservation.”

Ampatuan said for the conference, the NCMF assembled participants from “the best in the sectors of legislatures, academe, religious, business, and private sector, national and local government units (LGUs) and executives of agencies, the security sector and civil society organizations (CSOs) to ahve consultation to achieve broad consensus (Ijmaah) in addressessing issues and concerns affecting the Muslim communities.”

‘Family picture’ of NCMF officials led by Secretary/CEO Gene A. Mamondiong, with Sen. Robin ‘Abdul Aziz’ Padilla in red long sleeve, NCMF Executive Director/NPREC Chairman Datu Tahir Lidasan, Jr. in white Barong Tagalog, 3rd, right), among others. (Photo: SciTech and Digital News)

She emphasized the conference’s “goal” in a nutshell, “means a productive, peaceful and God-fearing Muslim community.”

At the same time, in his speech for the event, the President noted what he described as “unprecedented challenges, forcing us to think out of the box on how to govern ourselves as a nation.”

In relation with this, he stressed that in working together and discussing contemporary issues, particularly those being faced “by our Muslim brothers and sisters, we will be able to craft more inclusive and sustainable approaches for our collective development”.

Sultan Mino Guro at the NCMF leaders’ summit shakes hands with Senator Abdul Aziz ‘Robin’ Padilla in Pasay City. (Photo: SDN — SciTech and Digital News)

Marcos, further said, “This summit theme is therefore appropriate as we arrive at a consensus on how to embark on nation-building with due regard for the beliefs, customs, and institutions of Muslim communities.”

As if referring to the entire government, the President said he believes firmly that there should be no sector left behind in the Filipino nation.

“Thus, I am steadfast in pursuing all initiatives that will elevate the status of our Muslim communities and positively contribute to their quality life,” Marcos said.

“Let us stand together as a united front, marching stronger as a nation: for we can draw on each other’s experiences and wisdom to forge a better tomorrow for our people.” (/)

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