The Family Week celebration

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By Nerie Bayan

ABC Reports

Thursday, August 11, 2011


FAMILY is regarded as the most important institution of the society. Laws have been specifically provided to protect the sanctity of marriage and the value of the family. Former President Fidel V. Ramos issued Proclamation No. 60 declaring last week of September of every year as the National Family Week to give emphasis to the importance of strengthening the family. The said proclamation was further supported by Presidential Proclamation No. 846, declaring the fourth Sunday of September as Family Thanksgiving Day, a special day for the family to get together and forge family unity and cohesiveness.

In support to the recognition of the Family Week, the Baguio City Council passed Resolution 269, series of 1995, institutionalizing the Search for the Model Family of the Year in the City of Baguio. The City Social Welfare and Development Office thus prepared the guidelines for the Search for Baguio City Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino, for the Baguio City’s celebration of the National Family Week.

The eligibility requirements are the following: (1) Must be a Filipino family of Filipino citizenship, spouses legally married, living together for at least twenty-five years, with at least one or more children, domiciled in the Philippines for at least half of their married life, and has lived in the City of Baguio for at least five years at the time of this search; (2) A family whose members have not been convicted of any administrative, criminal or civil cases; and (3) A family, regardless of socio-economic status, but whose income has not been derived from gambling, child labor, prostitution, extortion and other similar illegal sources. Previous Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino Awardees are no longer eligible to participate. The criteria focuses on: first, the family relationships among family members, which covers love, respect and mutual support between husband and wife, parents and children, as well as among brothers and sisters; and second, on the family’s involvement in community affairs.

The barangay councils are likewise encouraged to nominate members of their barangays whom they see are qualified for the search so as to maximize the participation of the families in the National Family Week celebration. Those interested may visit the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development for the details and nomination forms.

In addition to the Search for Baguio City Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino for the 2011 National Family Week celebration, a mass wedding has likewise been arranged. The mass wedding will be held on September 27, 2011. For interested applicants, you may proceed to the City Social Welfare Office or to your barangay council for the needed requirements. The needed requirements are the Marriage License or the Affidavit of Cohabitation, which must be submitted to the City Social Welfare and Development Office not later than September 21, 2011.

Apart from the Search for Baguio City Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has likewise launched the Search for the Most Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Committee (BPOC). The objectives of the search includes to encourage the organization of BPOCs in every barangay; functionalize the BPOCs and make their plans at work; to recognize the outstanding performance of the barangay peace and order committee; to ensure an enhanced involvement, mutual assistance and coordination among all sectors of the community in the attainment of peace, law and order, public safety and security in the barangay level; and to assess security programs, projects and activities of the BPOCs.

The barangays interested to participate in the search are given until August 12, 2011 to submit the needed documents for their entry at the DILG-Baguio City Field Office.

Honorable Joel A. Alangsab sees that the barangay officials play an important role in the enforcement of local ordinances, in maintaining order in the barangay, and assisting the police force in erradicating criminal elements and lawlessness. This search intends not only to recognize the BPOCs which are performing well, but to serve as well as an encouragement for those who have not fully maximized the operation of the BPOCs in their barangay to finally do their part in achieving peace in the community.

Interested barangays may coordinate with the Office of the DILG-Baguio Field Office for other details and information.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 11, 2011.

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