Photo: The UNYPAD North Cotabato Cluster II Provincial Chapter organized Islamic Symposium during the month of Ramadhan held at Barangay Kalbugan, Pagalungan, Maguindanao on May 26, 2019.

UNYPAD hosts iftar, series of Ramadhan Symposia in Bangsamoro communities

COTABATO CITY – The United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD) have intensively implemented its Da’wah program this month of Ramadhan 2019 in Mindanao and in Manila chapters that included free iftar and community Islamic symposia.

The Cotabato City Chapter initiated to ask for donations, collect sadaqa from its members and from some philanthropies intended for iftar to be served in Masjid in Cotabato City and Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. 

Plah Macabuat, Cotabato City chapter chairman said that Ramadhan is a miracle. “We didn’t expect that a day before our iftar, there were additional donations given to complete our budget for the iftar,” Plah said. 

“They called us to pick up their donations, others brought their goods directly to us that were included in repacking of meals for iftar,” he said.

Plah said it is a big accomplishment of their chapter. On May 9, Plah said they have conducted their first free iftar in Masjid Poblacion 9, Cotabato City. 

Islamic Symposium was also held in Barangay Semba, DOS, Maguindanao and the second free iftar was held at Masjid Hassan, Sitio Pimbaglan, Kalanganan 2, Cotabato City, Plah also said. 

On June 2, an Islamic Symposium was held at AVR Room, Cotabato City State Polytechnic College in partnership with Women Affairs Committee (WAC) of UNYPAD.

The iftar targeted over 100 individuals in every Masjid, said the UNYPAD Cotabato City Chapter Chairman. 

UNYPAD Deputy Secretary General Dats Magon said that this Ramadhan, the UNYPAD continued its massive organizing activities in Moro communities, informing the grassroots on the status of the Bangsamoro peace process and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA).

Dats is one of the national officers of UNYPAD who is deeply involved in community immersion particularly in North Cotabato areas to give update on peace processes this holy month. 

The Maguindanao Provincial Chapter – Cluster 1 chaired by Mohammad Aratuc also said that his chapters have done series of Ramadhan Symposia in Parang, Buldon, Barira and Matanog, all in Maguindanao province.  

Kamim Macmod, Chairman of the UNYPAD National Capital Region chapter said, they organized iftar for at least 200 persons in Panangan Pangandamin Masjid in Maharlika Village, Taguig City.

“Aside from the free iftar, we taught our children age 8-14 years old on how to perform salah or prayer. That is part of UNYPAD-NCR activities during the Ramadhan,” Kamim said.

In UNYPAD Western Mindanao, Davao, Lanao, Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat provincial chapters have also organized similar activities.

 The UNYPAD is a non-profit Moro youth organization that aims to render peace and development services in grassroots communities of Moro, Indigenous People, and Christian settlers in Mindanao and other areas.