June 22, 2024

Seeking to institutionalize the representation and participation of the Muslim community in the city’s governmental processes, two councilors have proposed an ordinance creating the Baguio City Muslim Consultative Council (BCMCC).
Councilors Leandro Yangot, Jr. and Benny Bomogao proposed the ordinance that sought to address the needs and concerns of the Muslim community in the city and promote their rights, interests, and well-being.
Emphasizing the respect for Islamic traditions, beliefs, customs, and contributions to national goals and aspirations, the proposed measure calls for a more active participation among the Muslim residents in maintaining the community’s peace, harmony, stability, and prosperity.
The BCMCC will serve as the coordinating and advisory body to the city government for formulating policies, plans, programs, and activities for the welfare of the Muslim constituents.
The BCMCC will consist of various members, including city officials, representatives from Muslim communities, youth, women, professionals, and other relevant sectors, with the city mayor as the chairperson.
The BCMMC will also coordinate with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and other relevant bodies to address the needs of Muslim residents in the city. Quarterly meetings will be held to deliberate on issues concerning the Muslim community, ensuring proactive engagement and holistic support.
The ordinance will also establish a Muslim Affairs Office under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).
The Muslim Affairs Office will be responsible for administrative and liaison work related to the responsibilities and activities of the BCMCC.
The funding required to implement the ordinance will be sourced from the appropriate funds under the CSWDO or other available city funds.
The city mayor will create an ad hoc committee to formulate the implementing rules and regulations of the ordinance.
The proposed ordinance was approved on first reading on March 4 and was referred to the committee on ethics, governmental affairs, and personnel for review. – Jordan G. Habbiling