Stronger and bet­ter Fil­ipino fam­i­lies

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Sec­tion 1, Ar­ti­cle 15 of the 1987 Philip­pine Con­sti­tu­tion states that “The State rec­og­nizes the Fil­ipino fam­ily as the foun­da­tion of the na­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, it shall strengthen its sol­i­dar­ity and ac­tively pro­mote its to­tal de­vel­op­ment.” As the fun­da­men­tal unit of the so­ci­ety, the fam­ily is en­ti­tled to re­spect, pro­tec­tion and sup­port. As a re­sponse to this con­sti­tu­tional man­date, the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the Fil­ipino Fam­ily (NCFF) un­der the Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment (DSWD) is ad­vo­cat­ing yearly plans, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote and strengthen Fil­ipino unity and val­ues.

Trac­ing the le­gal frame­work, by virtue of Procla­ma­tion No. 60, s. 1992,, which aims to in­crease aware­ness on var­i­ous fam­ily is­sues; en­hance ef­fec­tive­ness of na­tional and lo­cal ef­forts to carry out spe­cific pro­grams con­cern­ing fam­i­lies by gen­er­at­ing new pro­grams con­cern­ing fam­i­lies by gen­er­at­ing new ac­tiv­i­ties and strength­en­ing ex­ist­ing ones; and pro­mote col­lab­o­ra­tion among na­tional and lo­cal non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions in sup­port of multi-sec­toral ac­tiv­i­ties then Pres­i­dent Fidel V. Ramos man­dated the ob­ser­vance of the Na­tional Fam­ily Week. to en­sure the proper ob­ser­va­tion of the Na­tional Fam­ily Week, Pres. Ramos cre­ated the Na­tional Steer­ing Com­mit­tee for the Ob­ser­vance of the Na­tional Fam­ily Week, through E.O. 241, s. 1995. Former Pres­i­dent Glo­ria M. Ar­royo ex­panded the func­tions and mem­ber­ship and el­e­vated the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee into the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the Fil­ipino Fam­ily (NCFF) through E.O. 238, s. 2003.

This year’s Na­tional Fam­ily Week theme is “Tungo sa Mag­in­hawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pam­ilyang Pilipino,” which aimed bet­ter goals to strengthen the Fil­ipino fam­i­lies in the present sit­u­a­tion. Fam­ily ties in the Philip­pines is strong. This is the bedrock of our grow­ing na­tion. All over the world, the fam­ily is be­ing sub­jected to var­i­ous chal­lenges abuse, poverty, mar­i­tal prob­lems and the Philip­pines is not ex­empted for that.It is the fam­ily that served as one of the in­flu­ences in rais­ing a child dur­ing its for­ma­tive years. The par­ents are the pri­mary in­flu­ence in the child’s up­bring­ing. In an in­tact fam­ily struc­ture, mem­bers of that fam­ily will re­ceive proper guid­ance and at­ten­tion and will be raised as good, re­spon­si­ble and law abid­ing cit­i­zens.

In its press re­lease dated 21 Septem­ber 2018,DSWD Sec­re­tary Vir­ginia N. Orogo em­pha­sized the im­por­tance and the roles of a fam­ily be­ing the ba­sic in­sti­tu­tion of the so­ci­ety. She said that “Fam­i­lies are im­por­tant to our so­ci­ety as they are the foun­da­tion of our na­tion. They play a big role in build­ing a solid and united so­ci­ety and in its con­tin­ued de­vel­op­ment. It is within the fam­ily that char­ac­ter is de­vel­oped; moral and spir­i­tual at­ti­tudes are molded; and val­ues of peace, tol­er­ance, and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity are formed. Our ad­vo­cacy in the NCFF is for fam­i­lies to strive to be mag­in­hawa, matatag, and panatag in midst of the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges faced by the Fil­ipino fam­ily to­day,”

The whole coun­try should take some time to re­flect on the fam­ily and seek to strengthen fam­ily unity and re­la­tion­ships by pro­mot­ing Fil­ipino fam­ily val­ues this week as we cel­e­brate the Na­tional Fam­ily Week through ac­tive in­volve­ment or par­tic­i­pa­tion in the var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties pre­pared by the gov­ern­ment, its dif­fer­ent agen­cies and part­ners.

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