GENMAC Celebrates Milestone with Inaugural Graduation Ceremony

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (March 7, 2024( --The Gensan Madaris Academy (GENMAC) hosted its first Graduation Ceremony at the 888 Events Place Gensan, Barangay Dadiangas West on Mach 6, 2024.
The ceremony marked the culmination of a two-year program on Islamic education, specifically tailored for Madrasah teachers.

Established in 2022 through the collaboration of the City Mayor's Office Integrated Cultural Communities Affairs Division (CMO-ICCAD) and the General Santos City Muslim Religious Advisory Council (MRAC), GENMAC aimed to elevate the standard of Islamic education within the city.

Jocelyn Lambac-Kanda, Chief of the CMO-ICCAD Division, shared insights into the academy's humble beginnings, revealing that it commenced operations with no initial budget from the division's programs. "First, we identified top-caliber Islamic scholars, many of whom were graduates from prestigious universities in the Middle East, to serve as instructors," she disclosed.

Lambac-Kanda further explained that priority was given to Asatidz who had not reached the Kuliya (tertiary level in Madrasah) as the inaugural batch of students.

During the ceremony, Jake Reyes, Executive Assistant to Mayor Lorelie G. Pacquiao, conveyed the Mayor's steadfast support for the local government's initiatives benefiting the Muslim community.

 City Councillor Alberto Pacquiao, Chairman of the Committee on Muslim Affairs, emphasized their close ties with the Muslim constituents in Barangay Labangal, underlining their commitment to supporting programs for the welfare of the Muslim community in General Santos City.

Councillor Richard Atendido, representing Congressman Loreto Acharon, pledged his support in defending the budget for the programs initiated by CMO-ICCAD in the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

The graduation ceremony celebrated the success of 22 Asatidz who completed the specialized two-year program in Islamic education. Tailored to meet the specific needs of Madaris teachers, GENMAC has proven to be an innovative and impactful initiative under the Madaris for Peace Project. 

With collaborative efforts from MRAC and CMO-ICCAD, GENMAC stands as a testament to the city's commitment to advancing the quality of Islamic education for the benefit of the community and the region at large. 

The inaugural graduation ceremony symbolizes not only the accomplishments of the graduates but also the promising future of Islamic education in General Santos City.