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Moro Resource Center soon to rise in Sarangani

ALABEL, Sarangani (January 31, 2020) – Officials conducted the ground breaking ceremony on January 28 for the P3-million Sarangani Moro Resource Center which will serve as a venue for all the Moro initiatives in the provincial government, said Asma Akmad of the Governor’s Commission on Moro Affairs.

“Napakagandang venue ito for our Moro constituents. Basically, magiging landmark siya for the Muslim Filipinos in the province,” added Akmad.

The Moro Resource Center, which is the first in the region, was funded by Congressman Rogelio “Ruel” Pacquaio after then board member Abdulracman Pangolima lobbied for the project to the office of the Congressman.

In 2018, a resolution requesting Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon to provide an area for the resource center in the Capitol grounds was crafted by Board Member Pangolima.

According to Resolution No. 2018-9-034, the center will also provide a venue to showcase the culture of the Moro Sarangans through displaying heirlooms of their ancestors and will also serve as an area for trainings and seminars of the Sarangani Madaris Federation.

During the 2020 SOCSARGEN Qur’an Reading Assembly on January 28 at the Capitol gym, Congressman Pacquiao’s chief of staff Atty. Ryan Ramos said that the congressman will add another P3 million to the existing P3 million allocated budget for the construction of the building.

The 170-square meter 1-storey multi-purpose building will rise in the Capitol grounds beside Sarangani Indigenous Peoples Center and is expected to be completed in less than a year. The building will also have a prayer room.

For his part, Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon underscored the P490,000 earmarked by the provincial government for the 49 Madrasah centers in the province, with each madrassah center receiving P10,000 for the improvement of their buildings, specifically in the development of the restrooms of the centers, as Akmad said is in support of the zero-open defecation campaign of the province.

National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Youth Commissioner Samer Musa Allong who graced the 2020 SOCSARGEN Qur’an Reading Assembly commended the programs of the provincial government for the Muslim Filipinos, especially the youth in Sarangani.

“Magandang progress yun,” said Allong referring to the Sarangani Moro Resource Center, “para sa ating Muslim sector especially to the youth dahil meron na silang venue para mapakinggan sila.”

The Qur’an Reading Assembly was attended by the officials and guests from the different NCMF offices in the region and the country, ustadz and imams, and other Moro leaders of the different Moro communities.

Participants from the different Muslim groups in Region 12 gathered together to compete in the 24th Regional Qur’an Reading Competition on January 28.

Saidi Saidona from Tupi South Cotabato was hailed as the champion in the competition. He will represent the region in the national stage this March 3 at UP Diliman campus. (Jori Mae Samillano/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)

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