Dec 8, 2012
In support of the National Family Week which was celebrated on September 22-30, the DSWD and the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) held a family conference at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Makati City on September 26, 2012.
The celebration of National Family Week began 20 years ago with the issuance by President Fidel V. Ramos of Presidential Proclamation No. 60 on September 18, 1992. National Family Week seeks to strengthen family unity and relationships through the meaningful celebration and promotion of family values. The theme for 2012 was “Ensuring Work-Family Balance.”
More than 200 family advocates participated in the first Family Conference initiated by the DSWD, through the NCFF, highlighting the theme “The Filipino Family Shall Overcome.” The conference discussed emerging issues affecting families that could help family members nurture relationships and promote family unity and values.
In her message, DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman emphasized “It is important to focus on Filipino families as they are faced with many social issues and problems. The government and civil society must work hand in hand to preserve and strengthen the values of the Filipino family.”
One of the highlights of the Conference was a discussion on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in the Family” by Director Edgardo J. Ollet of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Operations Center.
Another discussion on “The Effects of Media and Technology on the Family,” was led by Mr. Alexander K. Ramos of the Angel Net Foundation, Inc and Ms. Anne Marie R. Ramos, from De La Salle University. Mr. and Mrs. Ramos emphasized the positive and negative effects of the internet and modern technology to family relations. Mr. Ramos also warned the parents against the dangers of unsupervised use of the internet by children.
“Violence in the Family” was tackled by Dr. Aleli Villena-Sevilla from Miriam College and Ms. Anna Marie B. San-Diego of the Department of Education, who shared their knowledge to help family advocates enhance their skills in responding to the issue. “Culture, Values and their Influence in the Family” was discussed by Ms. Elvira Limpin (Drug Abuse Prevention, Pasig Drop-In Center) and Ms. Nessie Sanchez (Pasig City Health Department), with Mr. John S. Calidguid from the DSWD adding “Positive Disciplining” as part of the session.
Other topics in the agenda were: “Spirituality in the Family” by Ms. Haidi Fajardo of the Latter-day Saints and Reverend Ephraim V. Guerrero of the Pasig Capital Community Church; and “It Starts with the Two of You,” on parental relations by Dr. Marita Wasan of Pro-Life Philippines Foundation, Inc. and Mr. Santaner T. Iray of Drug Check Philippines, Inc.
For the closing activity, Director Rosario B. dela Rosa of Kaisahang Buhay Foundation presented the NCFF Declaration of 2012 which encapsulates the support of the committee members and the family-advocates to the strengthening of Filipino families. Director dela Rosa is the current Vice-Chairperson of the NCFF. The Declaration is the result of the recommendations of the participants in the Family Conference.
The National Committee on the Filipino Family, chaired by the DSWD, spearheads the celebration of the National Family Week with partners from non-government organizations, other government agencies, and the private sector. (By GDVFischer)