President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9997 on February 18, 2010, creating the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and abolishing the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) which took effect on March 6, 2010. Republic Act 9997 (or the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of2009) was approved last Feb 18, 2010 in the House of Congress, House of Senate and then the Office of the President.
This RA 9997 pertains to the creation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) which then abolishes the name of Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) and will take over its powers, functions, responsibilities and appropriating funds. It replaced the 23-year-old Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA).
On Section 2 – Declaration of Policy:
It is henceforth the policy of the State to ensure the rights and well-being of Muslim Filipinos with due regard to their behefs, customs, traditons and institutions, as well as to further ensure their contribution to national goals and aspirations and to make them active participants in nation-building.
NCMF coverage shall be both local and national affairs involving Muslim Filipinos that include the implementation of economic, educational, cultural, and infrastructure programs for Muslim Filipino communities.
The Mandate of the Commission is to preserve and develop the culture, tradition, institutions, and well-being of Muslim Filipinos, in conformity with the country’s laws and in consonance with national unity and development. Continue reading