By: Abu Ramaisah Bin Abubakar
BULUAN, Maguindanao (August 1, 2015) – The Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of Maguindanao Cluster-3 Provincial Chapter of the United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) conducted briefing orientation for 21 women on July 12, 2015 at Barangay Poblacion Buluan, Maguindanao.
In the succeeding part of the orientation program, the group appointed and installed Aysha Tarhata Moreno as the newly chairwoman of Cluster-3 Provincial Chapter,” said Abubakar “Buby” Abdullah, the Vice Chairman of Maguindanao Cluster-3.
The orientation was facilitated by WAC National Chairwoman Baisanie J. Macabuat and Farida P. Dalandan, the WAC National Vice Chairperson for External Affairs, and Rowena “Janna” Delos Reyes, Chief, Health and Disaster Management, WAC.
Akmad Musa, Provincial Chairman of Maguindanao Cluster-3, gave the overview of the orientation.
According to Musa, the objective of activity is to organize women in their area, hone and train them to become officers of the organization. As officers, they will implement the programs and services of UNYPAD specifically for the welfare of women and in support to the millennium development goal of the country like promoting gender equality and empowerment.
Baisanie discussed the vision, mission, goals, objectives, programs and services of the organization including the structures of UNYPAD from Barangay, School-based chapter municipal, province and the national chapter.
On the other hand, Farida shared an input on the role of women in Islam and the Bangsamoro struggle. She said, “During the Arabian pre-colonial era, women were treated inhumanely. Women were considered slaves, some were buried alive as rulers may deem necessary, and have no rights”.
“Until Islam—the religion of peace—was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the status and role of women were elevated and given utmost importance. They became guardians and teachers of their own children, pacifier and adviser of their husbands, and supporters and or partners of men in the struggle for right to self-determination,” Farida said.
Rowena, who joined the UNYPAD after reverting to Islam, shared testimony before the participants. After getting into the roster of UNYPAD, she gradually knew the real religion that is Islam, according to her.
“Through the help of some sisters in UNYPAD and attending Da’wah program such as Islamic symposium, Arabic classes, I learned what Islam is all about,” she revealed. She also invited her mother to become a Muslim, and fortunately was able to convince her and eventually reverted to Islam”, Rowena further said.
The last part of program was the selection of WAC officers and filling-up of membership forms. All vacant posts for women officers of the province were filled-up.
On the other hand, as part of strengthening program of this chapter, they organized an Islamic symposium and Bangsamoro Basic Law Community forum on July 14, 2015 during the holy month of Ramadhan.
GSKP municipal chapter President Norodin Abdulatip said that it was held at the Barangay Poblacion, Gen. Salipada K. Pendatun (GSKP), Maguindanao.
The activity was held through a partnership between the UNYPAD GSKP municipal chapter with the local government unit of GSKP, Maguindanao and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) local committees.
Abdulatip said “about 620 individuals attended the program”. “The resource person was Ustads Nasrudin O. Musa, National Staff, UNYPAD committee on Da’wah, Education and Datuan M. Magon, the Deputy Secretary General of UNYPAD,” he said.
Tu Alid Alfonso, Vice President for Internal Affairs of UNYPAD national chapter, assisted in facilitating the program.
“Other efforts of our chapter during Ramadhan were the distribution of 150 copies of ‘Takbir Mursal’ to a nearby masjid (mosque) in the municipality of Buluan on July 17, 2015,” said Abubakar Abdullah, the Provincial Chapter Vice Chair. “It was used during the Eid’l Fitre celebration,” Abdullah said.
“Some Imam was so happy for our initiatives like Imam Esmail Amba of Barangay Digal, Buluan Maguindanao who gladly acknowledged this effort of UNYPAD,” Abdullah furthered.