Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Moral revival summit in Marawi on July2-3

MARAWI CITY—The Ulama League of the Philippine (ULP) with the support of the Provincial Government of Lanao del Sur under the stewardship of Governor Mamintal ‘Bombit’ Adiong Jr., and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) will hold a Workshop and Summit on Moral Revival on July 2 to 3 at the Provincial Capitol Gymnasium in Marawi City.

Described as the learned men of Islam, Ulama are looked up to by Muslim communities in terms of spiritual guidance and moral directions.

According to ULP President Judge Aboali J. Cali, the two-day summit will focus on reviving the Islamic morals in governance, education, and economics.

He said it is vital to inculcate religious morals in governance, education and economics.

“Let us not estrange religious morals in our everyday work in governance. Education must not only be encouraged to attain social prestige, but more importantly an obligation in service to humanity,” he said.

Cali further said, “Let us not feather our own nest with comforts and luxuries without our concern to the welfare of our fellowmen and society.”

Provincial Information Officer Nasser M. Ganda, Sr. meanwhile revealed that they are expecting about 852 participants to gather during the two-day summit.

Participants will be coming from the different national line agencies, local government officials, Lanao del Sur members to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Legislative Assembly, Integrated Shariah Bar of the Philippines, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, members of the academe, traditional leaders, Arabic institutions, civic and religious groups as well as non-government organizations.

He also disclosed that Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita and OPAPP Secretary Avelino Razon, Jr. will be gracing the big event.

Further, Ambassadors of foreign governments such as Libya and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will also grace the occasion. (Apipa P. Bagumbaran)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Marawi City hosts multi-sectoral assembly

Marawi City – Some 200 stakeholders from all over the province met May 24 for the multi- sectoral general assembly at Kristal Function Hall, Panggao Saduc, Marawi City.

Rallying behind the theme “Enhancing Sectoral Performance Towards Community Transformation and Development”, the multi-sectoral general assembly aimed to boost community participation through the validation of Lanao del Sur People’s Agenda.

The People’s Agenda was a consolidation of the different sectoral development agenda drafted and validated by each sector during a series of sectoral fora.

These include the Educators Forum, Farmers Forum, Fisherfolks Forum, Muslim Religious Leaders Forum, Women’s Forum, Youth and Young Professionals Forum, Government Employees Forum, and People’s Organization Forum.

The agenda seeks to solve issues on poverty, education, gender equality, maternal and child health, environmental sustainability as well as community and global partnership.

Among the strategies tackled to achieve the agenda include among others: election of responsible, just and trustworthy government officials; improving quality education through literacy programs; conducting capability building seminars on women’s rights; establishment of well-maintained and functional health centers; proper implementation of the Cheaper Medicine Law; fortified protection and preservation of Lake Lanao; implementation of media campaigns on proper waste management and tree planting to combat global warming; and intensification of faith in Allah with the help of the Ulama in order to sustain the above programs.

The general assembly was actively participated by stakeholders from the academe, farmers, fisherfolks, government employees, Muslim religious leaders, people’s organizations, women, youth as well as the young professionals sectors. (Apipa P. Bagumbaran, PIA-Marawi City)