Stronger and better Filipino families
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.