The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has confirmed that despite challenges, the Hajj pilgrimage for 2024 will proceed as planned. NCMF Officer-in-Charge Sec. Atty. Michael Mamukid emphasized the urgency of meeting deadlines set by the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Hajj.

In a recent press conference, Mamukid appealed to concerned agencies to ease regulations and facilitate timely payments to meet the portal closure deadline. He assured that payments can be collected after the Hajj.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) expressed support for the Hajj 2024, with Cong. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo emphasizing the need to avoid further investigations into the process.

However, compliance with Department of Finance (DOF) requirements and coordination with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) pose challenges. Dimaporo urged DBM Sec. Amena Pangandaman to meet with NCMF officials to address these issues.

Despite hurdles, Mamukid assured that the 2024 Hajj will proceed differently. With 5,578 Filipino pilgrims registered and 2,000 already paid, accommodations in Saudi Arabia are secured. The Bureau of the Treasury pledged full support.

Dimaporo acknowledged previous concerns, including dissatisfaction with food served during the 2023 Hajj. He highlighted the need for institutionalizing Hajj procedures for future years.

Dimaporo also mentioned the challenge of navigating Saudi Arabia’s evolving regulations and encouraged pilgrims to seek private sponsorship.

In conclusion, Mamukid expressed hope for a successful and trouble-free Hajj 2024, while Dimaporo acknowledged the uncertainties ahead.