Interfaith council to be convened — Mayor Beng PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 June 2014 13:59

The convening of the Interfaith Council created through an ordinance enacted by the City Council  last December 17, 2013 as a result of the MNLF attack on September 9, 2013 and approved by Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar on December 23, 2013 will soon find light at the end of the tunnel.

Its convening was assured by Mayor Climaco-Salazar to Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Al-Hj during the City Development Council meeting last June 4 at Centro Latino, Paseo del Mar, this city.

Prof. Yacub is the president of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders and Affiliates and a member of the City Development Council.

Yacub asked the mayor and presiding officer as to the reason of the delay in the implementation of Ordinance No. 420 S. 2013 (the Interfaith Council Ordinance) despite its approval five months ago.

Yacub informed the mayor of the persistent talk of “Part II attack on the city” is still being peddled around. This was even mentioned by Bantay Bayanihan Resource Person Edmund Gumbahali during the Consultative-Workshop on Improving Barangay Public Security held last May 27, 2014 at LM Metro Hotel, Tetuan, this city.

The mayor explained why there is a delay saying her office is still looking at the two-million pesos budget of the Interfaith Council and how should this be utilized in conformity with the intent and purposes of the said ordinance.

Section 2 of Ordinance No. 420 has the following as members of the Interfaith Council:

Chair- City Mayor; Co-Chair (who will be chosen by and from among the members of the council)

Members:

1. The Archbishop of Zamboanga City or his authorized representative

2. Head of the Darul Iflah or his authorized representative

3. Head/Evangelical group of Churches

4. Head/Representative of the Indigenous Peoples

5. The Regional Director of the Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)

6. The Regional Director on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)

7. The Head, Convener or Representative from Inter-Religious Solidarity for Peace.(ISP)

8. The Head convener or representative of Silsilah Dialogue Movement

9. The Division Schools Superintendent or his authorized representative

10.One (1) representative from the Higher Education Institution in Zamboanga City

11.Head of three (3) accredited (NGOs or Pos or Civil Society groups doing interfaith advocacies.

12.Head/ Representative, Local Council of Women

13.Head, Liga ng mga Barangay

14.Head/ Representative of three (3) other religious faith not represented as maybe appointed by the city mayor.

15.One (1) Representative  from the Sangguniang Panlungsod (Councilor Melchor Rey K. Sadain) through City Council Resolution No. 523 dated April 8, 2014 was recommended to the City Mayor to be appointed as the Sangguniang Representative in the Interfaith Council.

Section 4- Creation of an Interfaith Desks and Focal persons is significant, according to Prof. Yacub.

He said all departments are mandated to establish interfaith desks and designate focal persons who shall:

I. Undergo orientation and training on interfaith cooperation

II. Take charge on interfaith programs and projects in their respective offices

III.Coordinate with and support the Zamboanga City Interfaith Council in all its undertakings as necessary

IV.Facilitate the establishment of interfaith prayer centers, in their respective offices — GCCPBA- Media Group