Issue of September 1, 2019
     
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One-parenting tops concerns faced by families in city
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

Providing for a family is not all about material things.

In Baguio City, relationship snags leading to neglected children have been identified as the most common problem facing the family.

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Betty Fangasan said the CSWDO Silungan Center last year assisted 1,800 cases of families beleaguered with the effects of one-parenting, where a parent or partner had to be away to work, some in overseas. In some cases, the father or mother went with another woman or man.

These instances leave their children to fend for themselves or seek for other ways to feel belongingness, such as stowing away or going with peers.

“While it’s true that they have all the things that they need, the care from one of the spouse is very important to maintain good relationships and keep them intact,” Fangasan said Tuesday during the launch of the city’s month-long celebration of the Family Day and Week. 

She said parents who had to live apart from each other and their children to work turns out to be still due to poverty.

“But it’s not due to poverty that parents should be separated, because it is the children that are naturally affected,” Fangasan said.

She said those who are assisted at the Silungan Center are brought for family meeting or conferencing to strengthen the family bond in spite of the absence of one parent.

Social welfare workers also conduct counseling sessions as well as parent effectiveness sessions in day care centers, among other interventions.

Among the activities the city government has lined up activities for the whole September for the annual celebration of Family Day and Family Week is the marriage enrichment counseling on Sept. 18, where would-be couples will undergo a seminar that will help them make informed decisions before they legalize their union. The city has also set a mass wedding on Sept. 27.

The conduct of the city’s activities concerning the family, which will be launched on Sept. 2, is in accordance with Proclamation 60, s. 1992 which declares the last week of September as National Family Week and Proclamation 847 declaring the fourth Sunday as Family Thanksgiving Day.

This year’s theme is “Tungo sa maginhawa, matatag at panatag na pamilyang Pilipino.

The celebration envisions better initiatives to strengthen the Filipino family in the new generation, particularly aiming 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 and activities and strengthening existing ones; and to promote collaboration among local and national government agencies in promoting activities for the family.


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