February 3, 2023

Filipino Muslims welcomed the appointment of a young female lawyer, who has assimilated both the culture of the Cordillerans and Muslims, as regional director of the National Commission for Muslim Filipinos-Northern Luzon.

Lawyer Raihanah Sarah T. Macarimpas took her oath as NCMF-Northern Luzon director last week just weeks after she was appointed by Malacañang to the position of NCMF director IV.

Prior to her appointment, Macarimpas served as the chief of the Legal Division of NCMF-Northern Luzon, her second job in government service after she joined the agency in 2018.

She first worked with the government as a part-time secretary at the office of the assistant regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera while studying Law at Saint Louis University. She passed the Bar in 2017.

She is a partner of the Aliping and Partners Law Office, where she renders mostly pro bono and de officio cases, which fueled her passion for public service and government work.

Macarimpas grew up in Baguio and finished her secondary education at Union School International, where she was a consistent honor student. She finished her undergraduate degree in Business Administration, major in Financial Management also at SLU.

Her family name is known to many sectors, as her father, Abel, is an active Muslim leader and a staunch peace advocate among Muslim leaders in Northern Luzon.

Macarimpas expressed her gratitude to government leaders such as Overseas Filipino Workers and Muslim Concerns Sec. Abdullah Mama-o and NCMF Sec. Atty. Saidamen Pangarungan for the “opportunity to better serve the Filipino Muslim communities.” – Harley F. Palangchao