The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) leads the nation as it celebrates the International Day of Families with the rest of the world on May 15.
The International Day of Families is celebrated yearly in accordance with the Proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. The event is a reflection of the importance of families to the international community. It also provides an opportunity to promote awareness on issues and concerns relating to the family.
This year, the theme for the celebration is ”Men in charge? Gender equality and children’s rights in contemporary families.”
In line with this, DSWD will hold a forum tomorrow, May 13, with around 200 policy makers and family advocates from the different NCFF member-agencies such as Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Information Agency (PIA) and civil society organizations like the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, and Pro-Life, among others. This will be held at the Cultural Hall of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cubao, Quezon City.
Topics for discussion during the forum are: Complementary Roles of Men and Women, Mothers and Fathers in Contemporary Families by Atty. Jo Aurea Imbong of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP); Children’s Rights in Family Laws by Atty. Jeremy Gatdula of the University of the Asia and the Pacific; and, How Millennials see the Family in the Age of Social Media by NYC Commissioner Earl Saavedra.
“Families are important to our society. They are the foundation of a strong nation. We must work hard to strengthen our families especially that issues and challenges continue to surface and threaten family unity such as human trafficking, migration, and intergenerational poverty, among many others,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.