OIC Director IV, BER
Local No. 138-140
Email Address: [email protected] | [email protected]

The Bureau of External Relations (BER) shall be responsible in forging linkages among Muslim Filipino communities and organizations within and outside the country including print, broadcast, and electronic communications.

The Bureau shall also serve as the public information arm of the Commission and assist in fulfilling information dissemination on issues affecting Muslim Filipinos.

Its task is to carry-out sound dissemination practices and may use the services of other agencies to help achieve an informed judgment on issues.


The Bureau of External Relations (BER) is composed of two divisions to manage its operations, namely:

  1. Foreign and Local Assistance Division
  2. Public Relations Division



  1. The Bureau provides technical assistance to activities or programs of local or foreign government agencies and non-government organization, other programs and activities of NCMF such as assistance to Medical Missions in Muslim communities, in commemorating Muslim holidays, celebration of the Philippine Independence Day and flag day, women’s month and other similar occasions, reception of foreign guests and dignitaries, as well as assistance to Hajj operations and evaluation of applicants for educational scholarship offered by Muslim embassies .
  2. The Bureau also facilitates the signing of memorandum of agreement / understanding with other concerned agencies and institutions for purposes of cooperation and linkages.


Letter request / intention to avail the technical assistance services of NCMF-BER duly submitted at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date of the program


Issue Certificate of Muslim Filipino Tribal Membership (CTM) for the following purpose:

  • Identification
  • Application for passport
  • Visa stamping
  • Local employment
  • Money claims
  • Other purposes (PNP height waiver)


  1. Application form
  2. Original and photocopy of certificate of live birth issued the Philippine Statistics Office
  3. Copy of passport (for visa stamping)
  4. 2×2 I.D. picture
  5. Valid Identification card

Issue Certificate verifying Certificate of Conversion to Islam issued by recognized Islamic organization


  1. Application form
  2. Valid I.D.
  3. Original and copy of certificate of conversion to Islam issued by a recognized Islamic organization
  4. Copy of Sharia registration of certificate of conversion to Islam

Translation of Arabic documents to English language


  1. Application form
  2. Copy of the Arabic document to be translated to English


Issue Certificate verifying foreign Educational Scholarship grant to Muslim Filipinos for purposes of securing Travel Tax Exemption


  1. Application form
  2. Copy of Scholarship Grant
  3. 2×2 picture
  4. Valid identification card
  5. Certificate of Tribal Membership for Muslim Filipinos

Issue indorsement letter for application of scholarship grant / admission to school entrance or enrollment

Provides assistance to Embassy in screening Muslim Filipino applicants for educational scholarship grant


Publish NCMF Gazette every quarter of the year

Provide the following services / assistance through the NCMF Public Information and Assistance Desk (PIAD):

  1. Application/Requests to avail NCMF Services
  2. Queries on NCMF programs, projects, and activities
  3. Referrals
  4. Technical Assistance
  5. Complaints / comments / recommendation
  6. Information on action taken on application/requests

Provide maintenance and updating of NCMF website and other NCMF official social media accounts

How to Avail Services for Issuance of Certificate of Tribal Membership, Certificate to avail travel tax exemption  and translation of Arabic document

 Step Applicant/ Client  Service Provider Duration of Activity (Under Normal Circumstances) Person-in-Charge  Forms
1 Filling Up of Application Receive application forms with complete requirements 2minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 1)

BER Form 1
2   Personal Interview  and evaluation of supporting document 20 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 2)

3   Recording in the Registry Book 3 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 3)

4   Encoding of Applicant Information 10 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 4)

 Translation of Arabic Document Simple– within 2 hrs. Complicated- within 8 hrs. NCMF translators  
5   Photo Capturing (Except for Translation) 2 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 5)

6   Proof reading of CTM Entries 3 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 6)

Proof reading of translation 5 minutes Translators  
7   Issuance of certificate 3 minutes Bureau Director  
8   Release of Certificates/Documents 2 minutes LFAD Staff

(Table 7)


Schedule of availability of service – Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Who may avail of the service – Muslim Filipinos