Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan on June 26, 2017. Muslims worldwide celebrate this important religious holiday after a month of fasting. On Wednesday (June 21), the Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo made time to visit the Mosque in Barangay Kakai where Imam Abdul Kader was delighted to welcome the Governor. This activity is in-line with the Sadaqah rice distribution program initiated by the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Provincial Governor’s Office – Community Affairs Division.
The men and women of PGO-CAD have visited other Mosques in the Province like the Mosques in the Municipalities of Sapad, Kolambugan, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and many others. This Sadaqah rice distribution is only one of the gestures of how loving, sincere and caring the Governor is to all the residents of Lanao del Norte.
Imam Abdul Kader same with other Mosque leaders expressed their gratitude to the kindness shown by the Provincial Governor. Imam Kader received the Sadaqah rice intended for the Jamaa (Pious Muslims) for their Plapis (first meal after a day of fasting) and for the coming Eid al-Fitr this Monday.
Even before Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo has always been incline to charity programs to promote understanding, equality and respect among the people of the Province. In Lanao del Norte religious groups are free to practice their faith without fear or discrimination as long as it is within the bounds of the laws of the land.
On the same day, the Provincial Governor organized relief operation to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Marawi City taking shelter in Barangay Kakai, currently there are 10 families in the area. Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo personally handed Muknah’s (Muslim dress for women covering the whole body except the face). The Governor also handed grocery items, clothes, cash, slippers and banig (traditional mat) to each displaced family.
Despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao, the Governor has always been positive that the order of President Duterte will make Mindanao safer and orderly. During the distribution, the Governor encouraged the IDPs to help the government by cooperating with the AFP, PNP and LGUs for us to live in a peaceful community. Also the IDPs were invited by the Governor for the upcoming celebration of the 58thAraw ng Lanao del Norte for them to see how united the Christians and Muslims are in our Province. The progress and development that the people of Lanao del Norte are enjoying right now is because of the sincerity and hard work that the Quibranza-Dimaporo family initiated years ago. PIO-LDN