THE Department of Communications and Information Technology (DICT) assured the public on how they monitor certain learning institutions applying their own system of education, particularly that of Islam.
During the launching of the Consumer Welfare Month in the city, DICT Assistant Secretary Cabanlong reiterated the various Community Relations Units of the Baguio City Police Office have been trained on how the teachings of Islam should be seen in a positive perspective.
This, following the recent report by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Anti-Terrorism Council during the Regional Peace and Order Council meeting in Apayao province allegedly pointing to some graduates of certain learning institutions in Baguio who have been involved in illegal acts in Zamboanga City.
“The objective of educating members of the police is for them to be mindful of the Muslim culture and the study of Islam values, aside from being responsible enough to engage our Muslim brothers and sisters particularly the grassroots level, on the importance of Islam”, Cabanlog said.
Cabanlog explained the importance of using the digital technology platform as a tool in informing the grassroots of unity amidst cultural diversity, and on how to understand each other’s culture.
Meanwhile, Jose Rosete, a communications expert stressed the need to fill the vacuum separating the Muslims from non-Muslims.
“We should re-ascertain the monicker of all of us being Filipinos and retract from the thinking of regionalism which adds to the division amongst the Filipinos,” Rosete stated.
Rosete said there is a need for the Philippine government to find ways on how to promote a sense of nationalism.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on October 04, 2017.
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