ORDINARY Muslim Filipino nowadays are confused as to the status of the leadership of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
Last July 9, 2020, NCMF Secretary Atty. Saidamen B. Pangarungan term of office has already ended. Technically he’s not the secretary anymore but still he’s one of the commission’s commissioners.
In his letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the same date (July 9, 2020) requesting to continue his service as secretary in a holdover capacity, until a duly appointed successor assumes office.
His argument is based on section 44 of the Revised Administrative Code, Executive Order no. 292 and Supreme Court Decisions like lecaroz v. Sandiganbayan (G.R No. 130827 March 25, 1999 and Tayko V. Capistrano (G.R No. L-30188 October 2, 1928).
Among Secretary Pangarungan’s reasons to stay is their ongoing relief operations inline with the COVID-19 pandemic and the status of the 2020 Hajj pilgrimage as he is the current Amerul Haj 2020.
Though his intentions are noble but to some sources in the commission says that the holdover capacity doesn’t apply to them or to Atty. Pangarungan in particular because their commission is under the Department of the interior and Local Government (DILG), they are an attached agency of the DILG and that the NCMF Secretary is on the Undersecretary level only appointed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.
Whereas the Department Secretary is being approved by the Commission on Appointments in congress.///Abdul Malik Bin Ismail, 09333816694,

Social science policies needed to address impact of COVID-19 – DOST Chief

“In the policy-making, I believe that everything boils down to the basic principles that is inundated by the decision-makers, and the rest shall be threshed out, as mentioned, as utilizing science and we’d just remind everybody that when we say science-based, it is not only the mathematical sciences or the physical sciences that we are talking about, but science that includes the social science aspects,” Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said, during the webinar presentation of the study on “Content Analysis of Government Policies and Issuances regarding the 2020 Pandemic.”

Sec. de la Peña added that policy can change because of the changing environment. Although decision makers would sometimes stick to one policy that they have already announced, it is not bad to change a policy if it is really necessary.

The content analysis of government policies is a research project that entails a comprehensive desk review of government orders, policies, issuances and/or legal instrumentalities pertaining to the prevention and control of COVID-19 in the Philippines. The study was conducted by Laufred I. Hernandez, Professor of the Department of Behavioral Sciences of the University of the Philippines Manila,

Since January until July this year, 55 resolutions on policy directions were issued by the Interagency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID), 78 policy guidelines were issued by the Department of Health and more than 100 local government ordinances issued.

Hernandez believes that the most important policy should emanate from the local government units because each local government has their own way by which to mitigate the COVID-19.

One of the objectives of the research is to review policy issuances relative to timeliness, adequacy, practical feasibility and reach.

The research finds that “the Philippines’ approach in combating COVID-19 has been very reactive and more in population control rather than giving emphasis to go testing in order to locate and isolate the virus from spreading further.”

Hernandez, in his study, finds that RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’s initial implementation steps show that people, contrary to what the word ‘bayanihan’ as ‘bayan’ implies, are still left out in the fight against the virus. Largely, the people are mere recipients of the aid package.

De la Peña lauded the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) of the DOST for taking the lead in COVID-related social researches. He emphasized that social science is valuable, especially at a time like this when people’s feedback and people’s perception and situations are needed to be looked into.

And this is what the Council’s researches have been doing — letting the people know what and how the people are feeling. DOST-NRCP’s researches on COVID have been particularly relevant especially in the decision-making process.

The value of these researches was seen by a member of the IATF when they requested for a presentation of another DOST-NRCP funded research on the “Feelings, Cognitions, Behaviors of Filipinos During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which was conducted by Dr. Cecilla Gastardo-Conaco, Department of Psychology, UP Diliman. The study investigated the people’s feelings and responses to COVID-19 pandemic across the timeline of the pandemic and through the various government actions.

“With so many legislations being passed, we need NRCP’s analysis to see their relevance, timeliness and the necessity of those pieces or actions,” De la Peña said.

The webinar is the third in the series of the Kapakanan ng Tao sa Oras ng Pandemya-COVID (KTOP-COVID) conducted by DOST-NRCP. The Council has been putting a face and providing a voice on an otherwise purely numerical COVID-related data. The social studies researches being done and presented are providing valuable information in understanding the overall COVID situation in the country.

The KTOP-COVID runs from June 23, 2020 to August 2020 at 10:00 – 11:00 in the morning. The public can view the webinars in the Research Pod, a Facebook Page of DOST-NRCP.

The next two remaining research projects to be presented in the series are: Scoping on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) in the Philippines in the time of COVID 19 Pandemic by Dr. Elizabeth P. de Castro – Professor (retired) Department of Psychology, UP on 04 August 2020; and Defining a Gender-responsive Work-from-Home (WFH) Scheme in a Post-ECQ Scenario by Dr. Marieta Banez-Sumagaysay – Executive Director, DOST-NRCP on 18 August 2020. (S&T Media Service, Geraldine Bulaon-Ducusin)


MILG launches radio program ‘Radyo Sindaw

Cotabato City (August 7, 2020) – To inform the public on the programs and activities it is undertaking, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) launched its radio program dubbed ‘Radyo Sindaw’ on Thursday, August 6.

Derived from a Maguindanaoan word which means ‘light’, MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo said, “ang Sindaw ay sumisimbolo ng isang maliwanag at maayos na gobyerno, dahil ‘yon ang kailangan natin.”

[Sindaw symbolizes a bright and good government, which is what we need.]
Sinarimbo also said that through the program, MILG will provide series of modular lectures on vital topics on local governance such as local legislation, local planning and budgeting, and barangay governance, among others.

“This will enable us to continue to capacitate our LGUs despite the restriction on face to face workshops as a result of the pandemic,” he said, noting that the first series of lectures will focus on barangay governance.

Furthermore, Sinarimbo said the radio program will also “feature some of the excellent local chief executives or good practices of LGUs in the Bangsamoro so that it may be replicated by other LGUs.”

Radyo Sindaw, hosted by Ms. Irene Gonzales, airs on DXMS 882 Khz and live on MILG’s official Facebook page every Thursday and Friday at 6:00-7:00 PM. (Bureau of Public Information)