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NCMF sends advance supervisory/medical team to Saudi Arabia to assist Filipino pilgrims

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has sent seventeen 17 staff today, July 2, 2019, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the mission to assist Muslim Filipino pilgrims for this year’s hajj.

In a post at facebook, the Public Relations and Information Division of the NCMF stated, “These employees will be staying in Saudi for two months assisting Muslim Filipinos on their annual pilgrimage, leaving behind their families for the sake of service to their fellowmen and to Allah swt.”

“These are the unsung heroes that we rarely hear about, the staff who suspend their lives for 8 weeks in order to help Filipinos, especially those who are first-time visitors to Saudi Arabia,” it stated.

Filipino pilgrims will start leaving the country on July 10.

Performing hajj in Mecca at least once in a lifetime is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is obligatory for able-bodied Muslims, men and women, who can afford to perform this religious ritual.

Every pilgrim should prepare more than two-hundred thousand pesos to cover his/her pilgrimage expenses.

The first outbound flight of Filipino pilgrims will be leaving on July 10. 

NCMF Secretary Saidamen B. Pangarungan, the appointed Amirul Haj for 2019, will head the Filipino pilgrims.