) FOURTEENTH CONGRESS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES Third Regular Session ) ) ) SENATE s.No.3482 Prepared by the Committees on Cultural Communities; Civil Service and Government Reorganization; and Finance with Senators Ejercito Estrada, Legarda, Pimentel, Jr., Zubiri, Madrigal, Lacson and Angara, as authors AN ACT CREATING THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON MUSLIM FILIPINOS DEFINING ITS POWERS, FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled: 1 2 SECTION 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the "National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Act of 2009", 3 SEC. 2. Declaration of Policy. It is henceforth the policy of the State to 4 ensure the rights and well-being of Muslim Filipinos with due regard to their beliefs, 5 customs, traditions and institutions, as well as to further ensure their contribution to 6 national goals and aspirations anti to make them active participants in nation 7 building. 8 ARTICLE I 9 Creation and Composition of the Commission, and Term of Office of the 10 Commissioner . 11 SEC. 3. Creation of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos. In 12 pursuance of the above-mentioned policy, the National Commission on Muslim 13 Filipinos, hereinafter referred to as the Commission, is hereby created. 14 The Commission, which shall be under the Office of the President, shall take 15 over the functions of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA). which is hereby abolished. 16 Its coverage shall be botl1 local and national affairs involving Muslim Filipinos that 17 includes the implementation of ec(;>nomic, educational, cultural, and infrastructure 18 programs for Muslim Filipino communities .