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43rd National Qur’an Reading Competition

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos through the Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs recently conducted the 43rd National Qur’an Reading Competition on April 1-2, 2017 (5-6 Rajab 1438H) held at Microtel, UP Techno Hub, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City for the Opening Ceremony and at the UP Bahay Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City for the Competition proper.

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The Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs (BMCA) shall be responsible for the conduct of research and studies on the cultural development of Muslim Filipino communities which would serve as the basis for policy and plans formulation, and program and project implementation.

It shall formulate and implement an education program especially designed to improve the literacy level of Muslim Filipinos, including their study of the Arabic language, Islamic heritage, and maintain a central library, museum and audio-visual center to serve as repositories of information on the Muslim Filipino peoples.

The Bureau is also responsible for the Madrasah institutions in the country wherein it will assist and facilitate the applications for registration and accreditation with the Department of Education (DepEd).

It shall also oversee the conduct of the Annual Qur’an Reading Competition.

Organizational Structure

The Bureau of Muslim Cultural Affairs is composed of three (3) divisions to manage its operations, namely:

  1. Cultural Institutions Development Division
  2. Madrasah Development Division
  3. Shari’ah Training Education Division

Operational Programs and Activities

1.0       The Cultural Institutions Development Division is in charge of the following programs and activities:

1.1 Program for the Promotion, Development and Enhancement of Muslim

      Culture and Institutions

  • Technical and financial assistance for the profiling of Muslim Cultural Centers;
  • Recommendation to the Office of the President for the declaration of Eid’ul Fitr ( Hariraya Puasa, ending the month of Ramadhan Fasting) and Eid’ul Adha ( Hariraya Haji, or the Feast of Sacrifice) as National Holidays, and other Muslim legal holidays enumerated under P.D. 1083;
  • Observance and celebration of Muslim Holidays and Festivities;
  • Support to Muslim Cultural Troupes and other cultural practitioners;
  • Technical and/or material support for the observance of Tribal/Indigenous festival and other cultural events and practices;
  • Technical and/or financial technical support to Ulamas, Cultural practitioners through conduct of seminars, conferences, forums and meetings; and
  • Registration of Muslim associations and cultural centers.

1.2 Institutional Support to Qur’an Reading Competition

  • Facilitation on the conduct of the annual Qur’an Reading Competition from Organization/ Community/ Municipal/ District and Cluster Level Competitions;
  • Conduct of the annual Qur’an Reading competition at the Provincial and Regional Level;
  • Conduct of the annual National Qur’an Reading Competition;
  • Philippine participation on International and ASEAN Qur’an Reading Competitions or Exhibitions; and
  • Conduct of Qur’an Memorization Competition, through partnership with concerned Muslim Embassies and Islamic Institutions and Organizations.

2.0       The Madrasah Development Division is in charge of the formulation and implementation of policies, programs and activities for the Development of Madrasah Institutions, and support to the Department of Education Madrasah Programs, as envisioned for National Development, including the following activities:

  1. Assistance and support to DepEd Madrasah Development  Program;
  2. Sponsorship of Conference of Owners/Administrators of Traditional Madaris;
  3. Technical and/or financial support to Madrasah institutions;
  4. Coordination with concerned government, agencies, institutions and individuals regarding Madrasah Development Program;
  5. Profiling of Madrasah schools seeking registration at the NCMF or endorsement for DepEd Accreditation;
  6. Other intervening related activities.

3.0       The Shari’ah Training Education Division is in charge of the Support to Shari’ah Programs, Project and other related activities, which include the following:

  1. Printing/reproduction of Books on Shari’ah and other Shari’ah related materials;
  2. Coordination with the Supreme Court for the conduct of the Series of Shari’ah Training Seminar
  3. Conduct of a Series of Shari’ah Training Seminar;
  4. Coordination with the Supreme Court of the Philippines for the conduct of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations;
  5. Coordination with the Regional Shari’ah Training areas for the dissemination of the Final Schedule of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations;
  6. Facilitation and assistance to  the prospective examinees in the filing of Petitions to the Office of the Bar Confidant, Supreme Court of the Philippines to take the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations;
  7. Financial and manpower support on the holding of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations by the Supreme Court of the Philippines;
  8. Granting of financial support to Shari’ah Lecturers/ Trainees/ Chairman and members of the Board of Examiners and the Examinees;
  9. Coordination with the Supreme Court of the Philippines and other agencies and individuals in improving the Shari’ah Development Program; and
  10. Continuous coordination with the Office of the Bar Confidant for the release of the result of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations.

Operational Policies and Guidelines

Issuance of Certificate of Recognition for Cultural Centers and NGO’s.

  • Requirements:
  1. Request letter from the Mosque Administrator/Imam or Head of the concerned NGO;
  2. SEC Registration, Mayor/Barangay Certification, as to the existence of the Mosque/Cultural Center/Muslim NGO;
  3. Pictures of the Mosque (building), other structures, and other related photos showing its existence; and
  4. Application form duly accomplished by the Mosque Administrator/ Imam/Head of Muslim NGO or authorized representative.
  • Schedule of availability of service– Monday to Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu Prayers and Friday    congregational prayers.
  • Who may avail of the service – Muslim Filipinos representing Cultural Centers or Muslim NGOs.
ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FOR CULTURAL CENTERS AND NGOs
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances)  Person-in-Charge  Remarks
1 Securing Registration Form Cultural Institutions Development Division 3 minutes Any CIDD Staff CIDD Form 1
2 Filling Up of Application Receive application form with complete supporting documents 5 minutes Any CIDD Staff  
3   Evaluation/Assessment 5 minutes Assigned Officer  
4   Final Review of the Documents Submitted 5 minutes Assigned Officer  
5   Recommendation for Issuance of Certificate of Recognition 5 minutes Assigned Officer  
6   Preparation for issuance of Certificate of Recognition 5 minutes CIDD staff  
7   Forward to the Office of the Bureau Director for signature 5 minutes if the signatory is available Bureau Director  
8   Certificate of Recognition shall be released immediately ASAP CIDD Staff  

Issuance of Registration/Certificate of Registration Recognition for Madrasah

  • Requirements:
  1. Letter request from the Madrasah owner/administrator:
  2. SEC Registration, if any;
  3. Mayor’s Permit, or at least, Barangay Certificate;
  4. Pictures of Madrasah, and profile of the Madrasah, such as, number of Asatidz and students, etc., and
  5. Endorsement of the concerned NCMF Regional Offices.
  • Schedule of availability of service:

Monday to Thursday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu    prayers.

Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Friday prayer (10:00AM   to 2:00PM).

  • Who may avail of the service – any Muslim Filipino owning or administering a
ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION AND RECOGNITION FOR MADRASAH
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances  Person-in-Charge  Remarks
1 Securing Registration Form Madrasah Development Division 3 minutes  MDD Staff Madrasah Information Sheet
2 Filling Up of Application Receive application forms with complete supporting documents 15 minutes                         MDD Staff  
3 Form or Information Sheet Evaluation for issuance of Certificate of Registration/ Recognition 5 minutes MDD Staff  
4   Forward to the Office of the Bureau Director for signature 5 minutes Bureau Director If the Bureau Director is available
5   Immediate issuance and release of Certificate of Registration or Recognition ASAP MDD Staff  

Shari’ah Training Seminar

  • Requirements:
  1. Authenticated copy of Transcript of Records/Diploma; and
  2. Authority to attend the Shari’ah training seminar on official time, if government official/personnel.
  • Schedule of availability of service:

Monday to Thursday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu prayers.

Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Friday prayer (10:00AM to 2:00PM).

  • Qualifications for Shari’ah Trainees/Examinees:
  1. Lawyers or members of the Philippine Bar.
  2. Ulama or graduates of Islamic/Arabic courses abroad.
  3. Graduates of Law (Barristers).
  4. Graduates of Shari’ah or Islamic courses in the Philippines duly recognized by the government.
  5. Graduates of other courses related to law and/or Shari’ah (Islamic Law).
  6. Graduates of other 4-year courses, provided, he or she has working knowledge in Islam.

Note: NCMF may apply or subject the applicants for evaluation by prioritization, depending on the availability of slots for each training area.

APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SHARI’AH TRAINING SEMINAR
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances)  Person-in-Charge  Remarks
1 Securing Registration Form Shari’ah Training and Education Division 3 minute STED Staff Registration Form
2 Filling Up of Application Form Receive registration form with complete supporting documents 5 minutes STED Staff  
3   Evaluation/Assessment 10 minutes STED Officer  
4   Final review of the documents 5 minutes STED Staff  
5   Approval/admission to the training seminar ASAP Chief, STED  
6   Conduct of Training Seminar 45 days STED staff and lecturers  
7   Issuance of Certificate of Completion After the training Chief, STED & Bureau Director Supreme Court Chief Justice and NCMF Secretary to sign

Shari’ah Pre-Bar Review Classes

  • Requirements: For those who completed the Shari’ah Training Seminar only.
  • Schedule of availability of service (upon SC approval on the conduct of the Shari’ah Bar Examination):

Monday to Thursday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu prayers.

Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Friday prayer (10:00am to 2:00pm).

APPLICATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SHARI’AH PRE-BAR REVIEW CLASSES
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances  Person-in-Charge  Remarks
1 Securing Registration Form Shari’ah Training and Education Division 5 minutes STED Staff Registration Form
2 Filling Up Application Form Receive registration form with complete supporting documents 10 minutes STED Staff  
3   Conduct of Review  Classes 8 days for each of the Review areas (NCMF Lanao area, Cotabato, Zamboanga, Sulu, NCR and areas which may be approved later    

Special Shari’ah Bar Examinations

  • Requirements:
  1. Security Paper Birth Certificate or Certificate with documentary stamps;
  2. Three (3) testimonials (one copy each), signed by members of the Philippine Bar;
  3. Clearance from the Office of the Provincial/City Fiscal of the Province/ City where petitioner resides;
  4. Clearance from the Regional Trial Court of the Province/City where petitioner resides;
  5. Authenticated Transcript of Records with documentary stamps;
  6. Duly authenticated copy of Certificate of Completion on Shari’ah Training Seminar conducted by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) or its forerunner offices, in coordination with the Supreme Court;
  7. Four (4) copies of latest passport size picture;
  8. Photocopy of current residence certificate;
  9. Self-addressed envelope with mailing stamp; and
  10. Filing fee for the Shari’ah Bar Examination.
  • Schedule of availability of service:

Monday to Thursday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu prayers.

Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Friday prayer (10:00AM to 2:00PM).

PROCEDURES IN TAKING THE SPECIAL SHARI’AH BAR EXAMINATION
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances)  Person-in-Charge  Forms
1 Securing of Petition form for the SBE Shari’ah Training and Education Division 5 minute STED Staff Petition Form
2 Filling up of Petition form Receive petition form with complete supporting documents 10 minutes STED Staff  
3   Petition Form forwarded to the Office shall be sent to Office of the Bar Confidant Weekly until deadline Chief, STED  
  • Schedule of Shari’ah Bar Examination is on the last two (2) Sundays of January and every two (2) years thereafter, as approved by the Supreme Court En Banc upon request of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, per Bar Matter No. 2716.
  • The venue of the Special Shari’ah Bar Examination shall to be determined by the Office of the Bar Confidant, and Supreme Court of the Philippines

Financial Assistance (For Madrasah, Muslim Cultural Centers and NGOs duly recognized by NCMF, and on a case to case basis only)

  • Requirements:
  1. Request letter;
  2. SEC Registration, if any;
  3. Mayor’s Permit, or at least, Barangay Certificate; and
  4. Pictures of Madrasah, Muslim Cultural Centers and NGOs, including summary profile.
  • Schedule of availability of service:

Monday to Thursday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Fardu prayers.

Friday – 8:00AM to 5:00PM with break time for Friday prayer (10:00AM to 2:00PM).

HOW TO AVAIL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
 Step  Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances)  Person-in-Charge  Remarks
1 Submission of request letter Receive request letter with complete requirements 5 minutes CIDD/MDD Staff  
2   Review/Assessment 15  minutes CIDD/MDD Chief  
3   Forward to the Bureau Director for final evaluation and recommendation 15 minutes if the Director is around Bureau Director  
4   Preparation of Memorandum for the OSec Re: Recommendation/

Endorsement

30 minutes                        CIDD/MDD Staff  
5   Forward to OSEC for approval through OED (Note: the duration depends on the availability of the Secretary) Within the day NCMF Secretary  
6   If approved, the letter shall be referred back to BMCA for voucher preparation and records purposes 30 minutes for record and voucher preparation

 

                                   CIDD/MDD Staff  
7   Forward to the FMS for processing and check preparation 5 days FMS/Cashier  
8   Release of check 5 minutes Cashier