A resolution seeking to support Senator Robin Padilla’s Senate Bill No. 1272 and its counterpart House Bill No. 5693 in the House of Representatives, which declares February 1 of every year as National Hijab Day, was approved by the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (Parliament).
The resolution was principally authored by MP Diamila Disimban-Ramos.
“As a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority – Parliament that earnestly promotes the rights, development, protection, representation, and opportunities for women, I strongly believe that the enactment of these is a significant expression of our solidarity and collective support for the National Government to remain faithful to its mandate to ensure the equality of women and men before the law as well as the free enjoyment of religious profession and worship without discrimination,” Ramos said in her authorship speech.
“The enactment of ‘National Hijab Day’ is a legislation for peace, unity, and understanding. It is not just a piece of legislation but an affirmation and acceptance of the way of life of Muslims,” she added.
The said resolution was also principally authored by MPs Baintan Ampatuan, Laisa Alamia, Dr. Susana Anayatin, Eddie Alih, Nurredha Misuari, and Khalid Hadji Abdullah, and co-authored by MPs Bai Maleiha B. Candao, Atty. Fahanie Uy-Oyod, Ali B. Solaiman, Abdulwahab Pak, Atty. Lanang Ali Jr., Sha Elijah Dumama Alba, Ali Montaha Babao, Michael Midtimbang, Rasul Ismael, Hussein Munoz, and Faizal Karon.
In February, the office of MP Ramos, in partnership with Jum-eyatul Mar-ah Almuslimah Lilhaymanah, Inc., successfully commemorated this year’s World Hijab Day through the conduct of the #HijabWithFriends activity. Dubbed “Promoting Peace and Understanding Through Sharing the Hijab Experience with Friends from Other Faiths,” free hijabs were given to non-Muslim women as well as a hijab tutorial, a hijab donation drive, and hijab orientation.