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DBM Secretary lauds PBBM creation of Steering Committee under AO

BY ASANGAN T. MADALE

BAE  AMENAH F. PANGANDAMAN  Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) yesterday  lauded  President Ferdinand  R. Marcos  Jr. for officially  signing an Administrative  Order (AO) constituting  a steering committee  for the commemoration of the 650th Anniversary of Philippine Muslim History and Heritage  on  Tuesday, November 7, 2023,

Based on the  Press  Release  obtained by  the Manila Times  ,Pangandaman   as  a born  Mindanaoan  being the only  female Muslim cabinet  member  under the administration of  President  Marcos  have  expressed her gratitude toward  the President  as the creation of the  committee will be crucial  in continuously  recognizing  the presence  of Islam  in the country  and the important  role of Muslim  Filipinos  in shaping our history  and  heritage.

She also likewise assured  of her continued  and strengthened support for Mindanao including  the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM)  along with their various programs enhancing  for peace and development  towards improving their  economic growth and development.

She thanked President  Ferdinand  R. Marcos Jr for signing  the Administrative Order constituting  the Situniayat Wakhamsun Aldhikraa National Committee which shall  take charge of the preparations in this celebration as now. Wala pang isang  taon napirmahan na ni President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. ang Administrative  Order. Dito mo makikita  na kay Pangulong BBM,hindi kailanman mapapabayaan and Mindanao”,

She continued, “Rest assured that the Committee, chaired by the Executive Secretary, with the NHCP as vice-chair and with DBM as one of its members, will undertake the overall study, conceptualization, and implementation of programs and projects relevant to the commemoration with the end goal of reinvigorating the spirit of national unity. Sa Bagong Pilipinas, makaka-asa po kayong lahat na bibigyang prayoridad natin ang Mindanao.”

Also known as project “650PH in 2030,” the initiative will mark the 650 years of Islamic presence in the Philippines in 2030. The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) targets to drumbeat its commemoration in 2024.

Philippine Muslim History scholars agree that the beginning of the Islamic faith in the country took place between 1350 to 1380, making Islam the oldest monotheistic religion in the Philippines with close to seven million practicing the faith.

The President’s signing of the AO coincides with the celebration of the 643rd Sheikh Makhdum Day and the Unveiling of the Historical Marker of the Sheikh Makhdum Mosque in Simunul, Tawi-Tawi today, 07 November 2023, where Secretary Pangandaman was also invited to grace the occasion, together with NHCP Chairman Emmanuel Calairo.

“It is especially meaningful for me to be present here today as a Muslim Filipina to personally honor Sheikh Makhdum, whom we remember and thank for being the missionary who brought Islam to the Philippines, which led to the building of this first-ever mosque in the country here in Tubig Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi. This Mosque symbolizes the introduction of Islam to the country, and its pillars—which have remained intact for centuries—are a testament to our people’s rich history,” the Budget Secretary said in her speech.

She likewise emphasized that the commemoration, further made remarkable by PBBM’s support to Muslim Filipinos, is in line with the administration’s goal to foster unity in the country amid diversity.

“This project intends to highlight the Philippines as a multicultural country that acknowledges pluralism, and where religious tolerance and inclusivity thrive — all of these leading to the idea of unity amid diversity, which will help fulfill President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.’s campaign for national unity,” Secretary Pangandaman said.

“650PH in 2030″ shows that there is true beauty of unity in diversity. It’s a reflection of how faith can bring people together, add value to human life, and peace-building, which is a basic principle of Islam,” she added.

 Meantime, BARMM Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim  message on the 643rd Commemoration of  of Sheik Karimula Makhdum  said  his arrival on the island of Simunul , Tawi-Tawi, introduced the Islamic  faith to the Island, at large, the archipelago of modern-day Philippines, Sheik Makdhum led the establishment of the first mosque in the Philippines, which is a testament to the presence of thriving Muslim communities before the  advent of Spanish colonialism.

His arrival not only brought Islam but also the message of inclusivity and respect for diversity, which remains relevant today. His lessons of peace, knowledge ,oneness , humanity , and compassion have echoed  throughout time, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of the Bangsamoro people, Ebrahim emphasized in his message. 

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