The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) is a government agency created to carry out the state policy “to ensure the rights and well-being of Muslim Filipinos with due regard to their beliefs, customs, traditions and institutions, as well as to further ensure their contribution to national goals and aspirations and to make them active participants in national-building.” The NCMF replaced the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA), which was created for the same purpose since 1987.
Major Development Programs
Pursuant to its mandate, the NCMF is pursuing the following major development programs:
- Promotion and development of Muslim economic affairs;
- Promotion, development and enhancement of Muslim culture and institutions;
- Promotion and development of Muslim settlements;
- Coordination with other Muslim countries;
- Coordination, supervision and administration of pilgrimage;
- Rehabilitation of rebel returnees;
- Institutional support to Qu’ran Reading Competition;
- Support to Shari’ah project implementation;
- Support to Madrasah education;
- Implementation of socioeconomic and cultural development programs; and
- Support services program.
Composition of the Commission
The main difference between the NCMF and OMA is the composition. The Commission is now composed of nine full-time members who are all Muslim Filipinos and is headed by a Secretary. All of them are Presidential appointees. Of the Commissioners, one comes from the women sector, one from the ulama sector, one from the youth sector, and the rest come from different Muslim tribes, with not more than two Commissioners belonging to the same tribe. This is to ensure that the whole of Muslim Filipino community is equitably represented in the Commission.
There are several specialized Bureaus in the Commission. These are:
- Bureau of Muslim Economic Affairs
- Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs
- Bureau of Muslim Settlement
- Bureau of External Relations
- Bureau of Pilgrimage and Endowment
- Bureau of Peace and Conflict Resolution
- Bureau of Legal Affairs
Term of Office
The Secretary will serve the Commission for a period of 2 years without prejudice to reappointment. Of the Commissioners, five of them will serve for a period of 4 years, and the other four, for a period of 2 years. Thereafter, the latter group of Commissioners would serve for another 4 years.
New Secretary and Commissioners
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo appointed Bai Omeira Dimakuta Dianalan Lucman as NCMF Secretary. Secretary Lucman, who is married to former Ambassador Dr. Alibasher Lucman, served as Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and also served for five years at the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA).
The newly appointed Commissioners are:
- Hatimil E. Hassan (Basilan)
- Solaiman C. Mutia (Lanao del Norte)
- Alladin I. Ampatuan (Maguindanao)
- Prof. Moner M. Bajunaid (Maguindanao)
- Aleem Sharief Julasiri Abirin (Sulu, Ulama Sector)
- Atty. Edilwasif T. Baddiri (Sulu, Youth Sector)
- Mufti Jaafar (Tawi-Tawi)
- Raida B. Maglangit (Women Sector)
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Contact Information for NCMF
79 Jocfer Annex Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
Trunk Line: +63 2 952 6491 to 96
Telefax: +63 2 952 4875
For more details, check out: National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009