Muslim lass is ‘child’ to Christian co-workers at Yamang Bukid
Published: August 11, 2019 04:22pm | Palawan
To the farmers and adult co-workers, she is their anak (child). To her younger co-workers, Radzma is a reliable and friendly fellow.
Also known as Radz to friends and colleagues, Radzma Sabturani is a Muslim girl working in a predominantly Christian company, Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI).
Despite the difference, it did not hinder her to work with co-employees and interact with people having a different faith from hers.
“I was overwhelmed. They treated me fairly even if they are Christians,” Radzma recalled.
The 21-year old lass from the Pangutaran tribe is among the handful of Muslim employees of YBHPI and its subsidiary, Yamang Bukid Farm-Palawan, joining the over 1 billion Muslims around the world celebrating Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
Radome, who has a degree in hospitality management, said her fears of being discriminated against for being of different faith evaporated when she was warmly accepted by fellow employees, almost all of whom Christians.
“I was overwhelmed; everyone treated me as an equal. I quickly became friends with them,” she said.
The young Muslim girl was also happy her parents did not object to her working in a “Christian company.”
A former scholar of Yamang Bukid and assigned as accounting staff at the Yamang Bukid Farm in Palawan, Radzma is currently doing administrative duties at the YBHPI national office in Quezon City.
“Our relationship among employees and the management is tight. Here, we are not just employees. We are a family,” she said.
The company has been known to foster religious and cultural diversity, supporting and embracing employees from various cultures and with different religious beliefs.