Year-End Performance Assessment, Evaluation, Strategic Planning & Last Quarter En Banc Session

ZAMBOANGA CITY – This Action Plan defines the focus and priority actions of the ARMM Regional Darul-Ifta’ for Fiscal Year 2017 and underpinned by a basic institutional SWOT analysis illustrated in Figure 1.

This Action Plan is also informed by several following documents: Firstly, the MMA Act 323 creating the ARMM Regional Darul-Ifta’ and its proposed IRR. Worth reiterating are the mandates of the RDI-ARMM enumerated under Section 10 of MMA Act 323, s. 2015:

  • The foremost mandate of the RDI-ARMM is to promulgate and issue fatawa (legal opinions) pertaining to the whole breath of Islamic jurisprudence, from the ibadat to mu’ammalat. In formulating legal opinions, the Regional Darul Ifta’ Council shall consider the universally-accepted methodology and the reality that the autonomous region is part of a larger secular republic.
  • The second mandate of RDI-ARMM is to provide moral and spiritual leadership and guidance through continuing struggle (mujahadah) and transformation of the Bangsamoro Muslim community, and to steer them towards the realization of a “community of moderation” (Ummatan Wasatan) and “mercy to humankind” (Rahmatan Lil ‘Alameen).
  • The third mandate of RDI-ARMM is to lead in the promotion of intra and inter-faith dialogues for attaining peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
  • The fourth mandate of RDI-ARMM is to advise and serve as consultant to the Autonomous Regional Government, such as the Office of the Regional Governor and the Regional Legislative Assembly, pertaining to Islamic laws, Islamic jurisprudence; and serve as the “religious guide” (spiritual or moral) of ARMM leaders, bureaucrats and professionals, including those in the local government units.
  • The fifth mandate is Establish a system of unifying, standardizing, supporting and improving fatawa (legal opinions) and compilation of khutab, fatawa, and Islamic laws.
  • The sixth mandate is to work, collaborate and cooperate with the following:  (1) International bodies such as the International Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other Darul Ifta’ bodies and/or religious affairs institutions overseas; (2) National bodies such as Office of the Jurisconsult and Shari’ah Courts, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), and (3) Regional bodies such as Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC-ARMM), Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC), Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM), Bureau of Madaris Education (BME); and (4) Local bodies such as Majlisul A’la, A’immah, Khutaba’ on matters of mutual interest and benefits such as but not limited to Halal business, marriages and Hajj (pilgrimage). Furthermore, the Regional Darul Ifta’ shall work with the local Ulama and A’immah to ensure that there is only one Darul Ifta’ Office in each province of ARMM;

Secondly, is the “Amman Message” clarifying three contentious issues haunting the Muslim community: (1) Who is a Muslim? (2) Can a Muslim issue takfir to a fellow? (3) Who is qualifiedto issue fatwa and what is the required methodology? These 3 points will guide the RDI-ARMM’s policy and program actions pertaining to the internal issues around the need for unity in diversity, recurring violence with religious trappings; and relationship with non-Muslim religious minorities in the region.

Thirdly, is the Marrakesh Declaration reiterating the message of the Medina Charter. Unknown to many people, this charter was “a constitutional contract between the Prophet Muhammad, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, and the people of Medina, which guaranteed the religious liberty of all, regardless of faith” (Marrakesh Declaration, 2016). Thus a good legal basis on how Muslim-majority society like the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) deals with its non-Muslim religious minorities.

Fourthly, RDI-ARMM also takes stock of “A Common Word” as basis for interaction and relationship with non-Muslim majority in the Philippines. In the document it is stated, “Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.” In the Philippines, Muslims and Christians make up the overwhelming majority. While the core of the Muslim population is in the ARMM, there are indigenous Muslim populations in Regions IX (Zamboanga Peninsula), X (Northern Mindanao), XI (Davao Region), XII (Central Mindanao) and IVB (MIMAROPA) as well as migrant Moro population across the country and new Muslims or balik-Islam.

The document “A Common Word” further stated, “The basis for this peace and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the neighbor. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbor is thus the common ground between Islam and Christianity”.

The interplay of these aforementioned documents and key local issues is illustrated in Figure 2.

Positive Internal   External
Strength   Opportunities
·         MMA Act 323, the IRR is in final draft and ready for RG signature

·         Existing RDI-ARMM organizational structure, regional and provincial staff requirement, new Regional Office and annual funds from the ORG.

·         2-year interim existence and accomplishment

  ·         Partnership with selected government and non-government agencies, both local and overseas.

·         MWL-IIRO partnership in the promotion of Inter-Faith Dialogue in Southeast and Far East Asia.

·         International Conventions: “A Common Word”, “Amman Message” and “Marrakesh Declaration”

·         Represented in a number of international/overseas training, conferences and the like.

·         There is an opportunity for RDI-ARMM to network, establish working relationship with other non-government Darul-Ifta’ organizations where there is overlap in geographic coverage such as the MILF Darul-Ifta’ that also operates in the mainland provinces and the Region 9 Darul-Ifta’ that also operates in the island provinces.

·         Need for opportunities ulama engagement with LGUs in Maguindanao.

·         RDI-ARMM need to touch base with senior ulama in Maguindanao.

·         Need for wider engagement with the public in Maguindanao to create awareness about RDI-ARMM and its mandates and activities.

 

Negative Weakness   Threats
·         Organizational structure and staff requirement not approved by DBM, all are on “contract of service” status.

·         Need for basic equipment, facilities and supplies in the provincial offices.

·         Year-round activities largely driven by the Regional Office and the need for more local activities.

·         Program proposals from Tawi-tawi provincial office have not been positively responded to.

·         The current staff complement is insufficient to respond to local engagement that RDI-ARMM is invited to given the insular nature of the province.

·         There is no existing physical office for RDI-ARMM in Tawi-Tawi and Maguindanao.

·         Lack of information or advocacy on approved fatawa and other RDI activities.

·         Need for improvement in fatwa deliberation process (quality standard) and implementation.

  ·         Growing diversity within Muslim Society viewed “fundamentalist”/”extremist” as a disadvantage or weakness of the Ummah and the need for respect and tolerance in the “furuh” (branches) as long as there is unity in the Islamic “roots”. Also, ulama inter-group relationship is challenging.

·         Consequently, there is also perceived intolerance for non-Muslim religious minorities and the imposition of one’s religious dogma on people of other faiths.

·         Intermittent and protracted violence and its impropriety with religious trappings or use of religion and religious precepts to justify discrimination and violence.

·         There is skepticism about RDI-ARMM’s independence being a government agency.

·         LGU support for religious activities is not at the level of other socio-cultural and entertainment activities.

·         Need for sectoral representation, e.g. women.

Figure 1 – SWOT Analysis

 

 

Figure 2 – Peace Situationer

 

There was a realization among participants that the Islamic institutions (traditional offices or customs) so far established under the ARMM structure are Darul-Ifta’ and Madrasah Education. An imment scenario considered in this planning workshop is the realization that RDI-ARMM’s can push for advancing of other traditional institutions across three platforms:

  • Platform 1: ARMM
  • Platform 2: National Government
  • Platform 3: Federalism/Bangsamoro State

Figure 3 provides an illustration of this tri-platform engagement.

Figure 3 – Tri-Platform Engagement in Advancing Traditional Institutions and Muslim Development Agenda

The current leadership in the ARMM starts a new 3-year term in 2016. Although limited, there is an opportunity to refine and enhance existing policy direction in targetted line and local agencies to accommodate elements of the advocact that is aligned with the existing agency mandates.

The advocacy at the national government level echoes what has been started based on the 1996 GRP-MNLF Peace Agreement. In particular as pertains to Iyem 63, under the “General Principles” on the “Right of Representation and Participation in the National Government and in all Organs of the State” and Items 66 and 67 under the “Manner of Representation and Participation in the Executive”.

Finally, there is also an imprimatur from the current national leadership to pursue federalism, which includes addressing the Bangsamoro issue. This also provides the third platform to advance Moro development agenda from the perspective of the ulama and the Darul-Ifta’ in general, and in advancing traditional institutions in particular.

Priority Focus (Objectives)

For Fiscal Year 2017, the RDI-ARMM shall pursue the following focus:

  1. Pursue institutional and human resources development activities that capacitate RDI-ARMM, staff and networked organizations.
  2. Pursue community activities based on the last 2-year experiences of RDI-ARMM, to include traditional activities around Ramadhan, the 2-Eids, etc.
  3. Pursue selected national advocacy where enhancement can be pursued in the context and priorities of the Moro communities.
  4. Pursue opportunities for Inter-Faith Dialogue with the larger community and its institutional/organizational representatives.
  5. Pursue opportunities for Intra-Faith Dialogue within the Muslim Society through multimedia advocacy, among ulama and institutional/organizational representatives.
  6. Pursue opportunities for Inter-Faith Dialogue with non-Muslim minorities in the ARMM and its institutional/organizational representatives.
  7. Advance the traditional institutions and Muslim development agenda across three platforms: ARMM, National Government and Federalism/Bangsamoro State.

Priority Activities based on Mandates

Priority activities based on the mandates of RDI-ARMM is reflected as follows:

Mandate Priority Activities For 2017
1. To promulgate and issue fatawa (legal opinions) pertaining to the whole breath of Islamic jurisprudence, from the ibadat to mu’ammalat. In formulating legal opinions, the Regional Darul Ifta’ Council shall consider the universally-accepted methodology and the reality that the autonomous region is part of a larger secular republic.

 

1.1. Refine the Fatwa content and implementation.
1.2. Translate all Arabic-text fatwa adopted into languages and vernaculars for wider dissemination and understanding.

1.2.1. English and Filipino

1.2.1. Moro vernaculars – Meranaw, Iranun, Maguindanaon, Iyakan, Sinama, Jama Mapun, Bahasa Sug

1.2.2. Other languages – Binisaya, Chavacano

1.3. Establish online or e-library housing collection of key Islamic texts – Qur’an, Tafsir, Ahadith, Fiqh, etc
1.4. Work with Ulama and A’immah congresses and similar network for the dissemination of approved fatawa in mosques, traditional schools, etc.
2. To provide moral and spiritual leadership and guidance through continuing struggle (mujahadah) and transformation of the Bangsamoro Muslim community, and to steer them towards the realization of a “community of moderation” (Ummatan Wasatan) and “mercy to humankind” (Rahmatan Lil ‘Alameen). 2.1. Articulate and develop core content materials on the following concepts:

2.1.1 Mujahadah (Sustained, continuing struggle) and Transformation of the Bangsamoro Community

2.1.2. Ummatan Wasatan – Community of Moderation

2.1.3. Rahmatan lil Alameen – Mercy to Humanity

2.2. Work with ARMM line and local agencies, LGUs and Muslim organizations to create awareness and community proactive about Mujahadah, Ummatan Wasatan and Rahmatan lil Alameen.
3. To lead in the promotion of intra and inter-faith dialogues for the purpose of attaining peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

 

 

3.1. Work with MWL on Inter-Faith dialogue in Asia.
3.2. Work with BUC and similar religious organizations in the Philippines
3.3. Work with secular and religious leadership of non-Muslim communities in the ARMM
3.4. Work with religious organizations within the ARMM representing the diverse schools of theology and jurisprudence.
4. To advise and serve as consultant to the Autonomous Regional Government, such as the Office of the Regional Governor and the Regional Legislative Assembly, pertaining to Islamic laws, Islamic jurisprudence; and serve as the “religious guide” (spiritual or moral) of ARMM leaders, bureaucrats and professionals, including those in the local government units.

 

4.1. Articulate and develop core content materials on the following concepts:

4.1.1. Leadership, Public Service and Governance in Islam

4.1.2. Social and Institutional Organization and Management in Islam

4.1.4. Legality, Morality and Spirituality in Islam

4.1.5. Ethics and Culture in Islam

 

4.2. Work with ARMM line and local agencies, LGUs and Muslim organizations to create awareness and community around the advocacy stated in 4.1.
5. To establish a system of unifying, standardizing, supporting and improving fatawa (legal opinions) and compilation of khutab, fatawa, and Islamic laws.

 

5.1. Strengthen the in-house research team of RDI-ARMM

5.1.1. Databasing fatawa issued by legitimate institutions locally and in the Muslim world.

5.1.2. Databasing of local khutabah

5.1.2. Translation of exceptional khutabah into other vernaculars.

5.1.3. Translation of exceptional overseas khutabah into local languages.

6.1. To work,  collaborate and cooperate with International bodies such as the International Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and other Darul Ifta’ bodies and/or religious affairs institutions overseas; 6.1.1. Work with MWL on a broad range of Muslim issues and concerns
6.1.2. Establish partnership with local and overseas Darul-Ifta’ bodies
6.1.3. Establish partnership with overseas government Muslim affairs bodies
6.2. To work,  collaborate and cooperate with National bodies such as Office of the Jurisconsult and Shari’ah Courts, National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), and (3) Regional bodies such as Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC-ARMM), Regional Reconciliation and Unification Commission (RRUC), Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women (RCBW-ARMM), Bureau of Madaris Education (BME); and (4) Local bodies such as Majlisul A’la, A’immah, Khutaba’ on matters of mutual interest and benefits such as but not limited to Halal business, marriages and Hajj (pilgrimage). Furthermore, the Regional Darul Ifta’ shall work with the local Ulama and A’immah to ensure that there is only one Darul Ifta’ Office in each province of ARMM; 6.2.1. Establish partnership with relevant national and regional government agencies.
6.2.2. Establish partnership with ulama and a’immah groups and similar organizations.

 

Priority Activities Supportive of the Mandates

Focus Priority Activity Possible Partner Implementation Schedule
1. Institutional and Human Resources Development

 

1.1. Refine RDI-ARMM Organizational Structure and Staff Complement based on the MMA 323 and IRR. ORG, DBM January to June 2017
1.2. HRD – Imam Training, TOT, JAKIM (Malaysia), Turkey, Al-Azhar (Egypt)
1.3. HRD – Moonsighting and Taqwim, DOST DOST PAG-ASA
1.4. HRD – Office Staff Development
2. Community Development 2.1. Moonsighting Ulama and Aimmah Congresses
2.2. Ramadhan Ulama and Aimmah Congresses
2.3. United Khutbah Ulama and Aimmah Congresses
3. Selected National Advocacy 3.1. Preferred advocacy partnership
3.2. Preferred monthly secular advocacy
3.3. Hijri monthly advocacy
4. Inter-Faith Dialogue with the larger community 4.1. Inter-Faith Dialogue Conference in Asia MWL
4.2. Explore and establish institutional partnership on Inter-Faith Dialogue in the Philippines BUC, Silsilah Movement and similar religious organizations
5. Intra-Faith Dialogue within the Muslim Society 5.1. Explore and establish institutional partnership on Intra-Faith Dialogue with Muslim religious organizations of diverse schools of theology and jurisprudence. Religious organizations
5.2. Develop and implement media-based Intra-Faith Advocacy Plan BPI-ARMM
6. Inter-Faith Dialogue with non-Muslim minorities in the ARMM 6.1. Explore and establish institutional partnership on with secular leadership of the non-Muslim religious minorities in the ARMM. Offices of the Deputy Regional Governors for Christian and IPs
6.2. Explore and establish institutional partnership on with the religious leadership of the non-Muslim religious minorities in the ARMM. RCC, UCCP, INC, etc.
7. Advance the traditional institutions and Muslim development agenda through the ARMM 7.1. Refine and adopt the concept note on advancing Traditional Institutions in the ARMM
7.2. Utilize the concept note as talking/reference point for strategic conversation with targeted ARMM line and local agencies. ORG, RLA
8. Traditional Institutions and Muslim development agenda through the National Government platform 8.1. Refine and adopt the concept note on advancing Muslim development agenda with the Office of the President and targeted national agencies.

 

8.2. Utilize the concept note as talking/reference point for strategic conversation with the Office of the President and targeted national agencies. ORG, RLA
9. Traditional Institutions and Muslim development agenda through the Federalism/

Bangsamoro platform

9.1. Refine and adopt the concept note on advancing Muslim development agenda through the Federalism/Bangsamoro State platform

 

ORG, RLA, Office of the President, OPAPP, Peace Panels, IAG and similar agencies

 

9.2. Utilize the concept note as talking/reference point for strategic conversation with agencies involved in the federalism advocacy and groundwork.

 

Office of the President, OPAPP, Peace Panels, IAG and similar agencies

 

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