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ARMM celebrates Science and Technology Week

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOST-ARMM) formally launched here the region’s celebration of the 2015 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on Thursday.

The event features DOST-ARMM’s biggest and latest breakthroughs, programs, and interventions in the fields of agriculture, enterprise development, industry competitiveness, information technology, e-government, healthcare, education and disaster preparedness.

This year’s theme is “Philippines: A Science Nation Innovating for Global Competitiveness.”

Myra Mangkabung, DOST-ARMM Secretary, said the celebration depicts the vision and dream of science and technology community to keep abreast with global economic integration through innovation.

DOST-ARMM awarded 11 Science and Technology Ambassadors in the fields of research and development, education, infrastructure, policy and advocacy, and governorship for their outstanding contribution and support in the development of science and technology in the region.

The ambassadors are Sulog Bra, PhD, professor at the Mindanao State University– Maguindanao; Filemon G. Romero, PhD; Yusop T. Alano, provincial board member of Basilan; Hon. Abdelrazi A. Amin, municipal councilor of Jolo, Sulu; and chairperson of Philippine Councilors League – ARMM; Hon. Cahar P. Ibay, assemblyman of the 1st District of Maguindanao; Jumelita B. Romero, PhD.; Hon. Janimah D. Pandi, representative of the 1st District of Lanao del Sur; Atty. Leonardo R. Reyes, chancellor of MSU – Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography; Hon. Mujiv S. Hataman, regional governor of ARMM; Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman, Anak Mindanao partylist representative; and Ahmed Ibn “Amin” Turabin Hataman.

Parallel to the celebration is the 2015 ARMM Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE), a nationwide activity conducted in different regions to recognize the creativity of Filipino inventors in the country. RICE serves as the qualifying round for the National Invention Contests and Exhibit in July 2016.

The DOST- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) oversees the invention contests. Engr. Edgar I Garcia, director of DOST-TAPI, said the invention contests serve as the avenue “to acknowledge the indispensability of Filipino inventors in the Philippine society and in the landscape of national economic development.”

On Friday, October 9, the first ARMM Halal Congress will be held as part of NSTW. The congress will feature an exhibit of halal-certified products in the region as well as a forum highlighting updates on halal technology and industry.

There will be speakers from Malaysia who will tackle the global halal industry as well as halal research and development. Other expected speakers are Director Anthony Sales of DOST-XI and Director Brenda Manzano of DOST-IX.

Raymund Liboro, DOST central office assistant secretary for climate change and disaster risk reduction, graced Thursday’s event. Aristotle Carandang, DOST – Science and Technology Information Institute director, ARMM’s Chief of Staff Rasul Mitmug, and partylist representative Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman were also present.

The Lakad Agham (Scientific parade) on Saturday concluded the three-day celebration.(Bureau of Public Information)

Not acceptable ‘Muslim type’ NBI sketch #STOPBIGOTRY

Last weekend (Sept. 19, 2015), a confidential sketch by some officer of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) was released to the public and posted online by ABS-CBN TV Patrol Chavacano (Zamboanga), this post is unacceptable to us Bangsamoro and peace loving people of this country. Why? the sketch or drawing of the suspect in Zamboanga Bus Bombing, with additional description of “Muslim Type”. This sketch has stirred rage in different parts of Mindanao and even in Metro Manila, that the bomber is a Muslim?

When there’s a bomb explosion in this country, our police and military is fast accusing and stereotyping the suspect as Muslim?

Recently a young Muslim – a 14-year-old boy was arrested for bringing a home-made clock to school which his teachers thought was a bomb.

This NBI – a government agency sketch with “Muslim Type” feels that all of us muslim a terrorist or bomber? Is the government or it’s military cooking some scenario of chaos and terrorism? then we Muslim are again hostage of discrimination. When will this discrimination stop? Like others, we are also peace loving people?

Sadly, none of the candidate for President this 2016 National Election issues statement about this “Muslim Type” sketch of NBI, even their head Sec. de Lima of Department of Justice (DOJ). Only the officials of NBI Region-9  issues apology.

This discrimination and bigotry should end now! Apology is not enough. The government officials should do something about it, if they consider us Muslims as part and citizen of this country. Our rights and dignity as Muslim should also be protected. #STOPBIGOTRY

Cops seek apology over ‘Muslim type’ comment

By Liezl Lacaste, ABS-CBN Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA – Representatives of Ulama Council of Zamboanga Peninsula on Monday morning met with the officials of Zamboanga City Police Office and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

This comes after the police released the artist sketch of the suspect in the September 18 bus bombing in the city including a description of the suspect as “Muslim type.”

Ustadz Abdulwakil Kasim, the chairman of the Ulama Crisis Management Committee, said the label is an insensitive act on the part of the investigator.

“It is not only politically incorrect but generalization that all Muslims are possible suspects of the heinous crime. It is blatant disregard for respect for our Islamic Faith, a discrimination and a stereotype that will aggravate the very fragile Muslim-Christian relationship being syndicated and predicated with bloody wars in the past, ” Kasim said.

Police Senior Superintendent Angelito Casimiro explained that the ‘Muslim type’ referred to the dialect which the suspect used based on the testimony of the witnesses.

The sketch was produced by the NBI.

Casimiro and NBI Regional Director Atty. Ferdinand Lavin apologized and reiterated that the artist who came from Manila had no intention of creating conflict between Christians and Muslims.

The local government unit also appealed to both agencies to be sensitive while handling any information relating to culture and religion.


Hello Again!

I have a hard time to gain back the passion of writing and blogging again. I will revive this – personal blog of mine. For a start, i will write anything in my mind until i also slowly reviving other niche blog i maintain like the following: Moro Foodie (Food) Moro Photography (Photography) Halal Blog […]

Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014

Ramadhan, the fasting month anticipated by Muslims worldwide, is here again.

Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Metro Manila are invited to experience Ramadhan in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.

Ramadhan International Bazaar

Ramadhan International Bazaar

The first Ramadhan International Bazaar is a 38-day dusk to midnight food and culture showcase of the East-Mid-West from June 27th to August 3rd.

Have a taste of authentic halal international cuisine cooked on-site with the first ever butlerized halal buffet as Muslim Filipinos and foreign Muslims break their 12-hour fasting daily.

Imported halal food and non-food products will be featured in the unique exhibits.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014 will be formally launched on Saturday, June 28th 6:00 p.m. at Mercato Centrale located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street in BGC.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar, to be held annually henceforth, is spearheaded by Halal & Toyyiba Holdings, Inc., a joint venture corporation between Muslim Filipinos and Malaysian entrepreneurs, in collaboration with L’Opera Group, owner of the top Italian restaurants in the country that are now going halal, and Mercato Centrale Group, the premiere organizer of night & day food market in the metro.

The event is supported by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Five percent of the sales of food and non-food special selections will proceed to the less privileged and orphans through the feeding and charity programs of the organizers in partnership with Islamic Embassies.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar is first of its kind experience not to be missed!


After many years of building website and also collecting domain names for future projects as an entrepreneur and also as a blogger. I just received an email from LATHAM & WATKINS LLP a law firm who represents Entrepreneur Media, Inc. who runs the famous . This is regarding the domain name i own, which […]

Nur Misuari shouldn’t be solely to be blamed

I criticize Prof. Nur P. Misuari before because some of his actions like not supporting the FAB and his mismanagement of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as Governor. But some so-called intellectuals or professionals it’s easy for them to criticize Maas. I realized that, we should remember that, Maas is at first an Academician then a Revolutionary leader. Running a Revolutionary Front is different from running a Government with all those bureaucracy up to Malacanang and doom to failed ARMM system.

We all know that ARMM is not the solution to the Bangsamoro Question, President PNoy even agreed it’s a failed experiment. Nur Misuari shouldn’t be solely to be blamed. We should also blame the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines for watered down ARMM Organic Act which is also a none-compliance or misinterpretation of the MNLF-GPH 1996 Peace Agreement. MNLF Nur Misuari was trapped and fooled by Filipino Politicians promises.

MILF learned a lot of lessons from MNLF experienced against the Filipino Gov’t. That’s why MILF negotiation with GPH now is very careful and vigilant. Some MILF Youth and Young Bangsamoro Leaders are given opportunities to study abroad like Governance and other needed technical skills to run a government so if the Bangsamoro State arrived, it will not be doom to failed Bangsamoro Government. MILF should be thankful to MNLF experienced because they we’re not the one who was trapped and be blamed to ARMM failed experiment.

Extend and Help your fellow comrades who was trapped, losts and helpless against insincere government. We Bangsamoro will not be liberated unless we are united and be inclusive among all sectors of our ummah. Free Bangsamoro!

Trying to be a Blogger cum writer again

If you see my last blog post - My usual snacks at McDonald’s, its dated last November 9, 2007. AWOL for almost 6years. Whew! Many things happen between this years. Actually my last post on this blog was around 2010, but because my server crashed then i lost all my posts/contents. I tried to recover all […]

Senator Villar’s Philippine Halal Act and NCMF Halal Board

SENATOR Cynthia Villar filed a bill to institutionalize a national standard in preparing “halal foods” to be on par with world-accepted guidelines observed in all abattoirs, outlets, hotels, restaurants and other service establishments.

In Senate Bill No.312 or the Philippine Halal Act, author Sen. Villar wants ”to protect the interest of the people for clean, pure and healthy food. Halal foods are healthy because Muslims make sure that slaughtered animals are also healthy and clean, and pay particular attention to the feeds given the animals.”

The bill seeks for the creation of the Philippine Halal Accreditation and Regulatory Board (PHARB) tasked to formulate, draft, manage and implement programs relevant to manufacturing, production, distribution, preparation, handling, storage and verification of halal approved-food, non-food merchandise and services.

Just few months back, the only agency of the government now that has the mandate of promoting the Halal Industry in the Philippines is National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – Halal Board where it will accredit Halal Certifying Entities/Bodies (HCB/Es) for the utmost benefit of Muslim Filipinos and in partnership or cooperation with appropriate agencies, individuals and institutions here and abroad.

Though the NCMF can accredit Halal Certifiers in the Philippines, its Halal Board has very vague mandate or has very little power to really push the Halal Industry. For instance, if theres a company who claims that their product is Halal certified and it later found out that the product is contaminated with ‘Haram’ nor non-halal like porks and its derivatives? Can the NCMF punished or sanctioned the said company?

After launching of the NCMF Halal Board, there are only 3 groups applied for accreditation as of this writing. Heres the list:

One of the dominant and visible player in Halal certifications in the Philippines – the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines (IDCP) still or has no plans to apply for accreditation. IDCP still claims that they are the “Sole” Authority in Halal Certifications because they win the case against Office of Muslim Affairs (now NCMF) - based on Supreme Court ruling G. R. 153888 dated 9 July 2003.

If Philippine Halal Accreditation and Regulatory Board (PHARB) is approved by the congress and signed by the President? Is the NCMF Halal Board will be elevated to PHARB?

The global market for halal foods is estimated at US$547 billion a year or more.

The huge market has drawn interest from food producing countries worldwide. The demand and sale of halal products continue to climb due to the growing number of the Muslim population globally and in the Philippines.

“The concept of halal, which means ‘permissible’ in Arabic, has been traditionally applied to food. But now, goods like cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, clothing and services are also being certified halal. They also adhere to the proper method of slaughtering an animal for consumption, known as dhabihah. There are procedures in the certification of halal food and other products,” Villar said.

She said the government must ensure compliance with international standards of good manufacturing and hygienic practices by institutionalizing a halal system for food, non-food products and services.