BY JUNBERT PABON
It was a joyful occasion for Muslims yesterday, when they celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Prior to the traditional feast at the Mosque, they held a one-hour congregational prayer starting 6:30 a.m., at, among others, the Bacolod Government Center grounds.
Greetings of “Eid Mubarak (A blessed celebration)” filled the air. Believers hope that through their prayers and greetings, Allah would accept their deeds of sacrifice and faith during the Holy Month just ended.
At the mosque, during the feast, the Imam asked followers questions related to their faith.
They enjoyed the fellowship “for the sake of Allah” and enjoyed the food they partook after a month of fasting.*
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of Family Remittances
For Gilbert Houngbo, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, there is more to the money sent home by family members who work in distant places.
“It is not about the money being sent home, it is about the impact on people’s lives. The small amounts of $200 or $300 that each migrant sends home make up about 60 per cent of the family’s household income, and this makes an enormous difference in their lives and the communities in which they live,” Houngbo said.
His thought comes relevant today as the United Nations spearheads the celebration of the International Day of Family Remittances.
The observance today is aimed at “recognizing the significant financial contribution migrant workers make to the wellbeing of their families back home and to the sustainable development of their countries of origin.”
It is also aimed at encouraging the public and private sectors, as well as the civil society, to do more together and collaborate to maximize the impact of these funds in the developing world.
The IDFR was unanimously proclaimed by all 176 member states of IFAD's Governing Council at its 38th session in February 2015 and was noted in the UN General Assembly’s Resolution on International Migration and Development A/RES/71/237.
Proclaiming an International Day of Family Remittances represents an invaluable opportunity not only to recognize the efforts of migrant workers globally, but also to strengthen current partnerships and create new synergies among sectors to promote the development impact of remittances worldwide, UN said.
The first IDFR was celebrated on June 16, 2015 by more than 400 policy-makers, private sector representatives and civil society leaders at the opening of the Fifth Global Forum on Remittances and Development in Milan, Italy, In 2016 over 80 money transfer operators endorsed the IDFR and committed to take concrete action to ensure that family remittances count for even more.
In 2017, the Day received an unprecedented support from the private sector, with over 100 money transfer operators through IAMTN, 800 mobile companies through GSMA, 6,000 savings banks across 80 countries through WSBI and over 100 emerging payments entities through EPA.
The day was also supported by the 22 UN organizations within the Global Migration Group, individually by IOM and by several member states.*
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