The House of Representatives approved on Tuesday, January 26, a bill declaring February 1 of every year as “National Hijab Day” to promote an understanding of this Muslim tradition.
In a report made by The Manila Times, House Bill 8249 was passed on third and final reading by 203 lawmakers.
As defined in the bill, the hijab is a veil worn by a Muslim female who is beyond the age of puberty. It covers her head and chest and is worn in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family. It also refers to any face, head, and body veil worn by Muslim women that conform to a certain modesty standard.
The bill seeks to encourage the wearing of hijab; remove the misconceptions; stop discrimination against hijabi; protect the freedom and practice of religion, and; promote appreciation and acceptance of diversity in faith expression.
The bill seeks to encourage government institutions, schools, and the private sector to promote understanding and awareness among employees and students on the tradition of wearing the hijab.
Moreover, the bill mandates the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos to promote awareness and conduct educational and information campaigns.
The bill was authored by Anak Mindanao Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan, Lanao Del Norte Reps. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo and Abdullah Dimaporo, Lanao Del Sur Reps. Ansaruddin Abdul Malik Adiong and Yasser Alonto Balindong, Maguindanao Rep. Datu Roonie Sinsuat, Sr., RECOBODA Party-list Rep. Godofredo Guya and Ilocos Sur Rep. Deogracias Victor Savellano.