In preparation for the conduct of 2020 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) this September 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) XII, through Regional Director Atty. Maqtahar L. Manulon, spearheaded the conduct of a bilateral virtual meeting with the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) XII on August 19, 2020 The virtual meeting was aimed at soliciting support from NCMF XII in the conduct of the census in Muslim-dominated communities in the region and to identify possible areas of collaboration between the PSA XII and the NCMF XII. The NCMF XII was represented by Regional Director Datu Mama S. Sinsuat, Jr.
Among the agreements reached from the said meeting include assistance of the NCMF XII in the conduct of awareness advocacy/activities in Muslim areas; facilitate conduct of enumeration in Muslim-dominated areas especially in areas that are difficult to penetrate ; assist in the translation of some IEC materials into Maguindanaon dialect; and a video clip message of the NCMF XII RD reiterating support to the 2020 CPH.
RD Manulon thanked the NCMF XII through RD Sinsuat for a very productive meeting and for the usual support extended to all statistical activities of PSA XII in the region.
Aside from RD Manulon, also present during the virtual meeting were OIC Chief, SOCD Ma. Eileen A. Berdeprado and PSA XII 2020 CPH Focal Person Senior Statistical Specialist Edward Donald F. Eloja, and selected SOCD personnel. RD Sinsuat of NCMF XII was accompanied by two technical staff.