by Dan B. Codamon / PIA
KIANGAN, Ifugao – Members of the Active Male Movement Against all forms of violence (AMMA) here were briefed on the modules that will help them understand better their roles as members of the Council for the Protection of Children.
There are seven modules every member must learn to help strengthen the advocacy on fathers’ movement, said AMMA focal person Myla Pumihic of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office.
The modules are: Understanding myself as a person; Accepting your role as a father; Becoming your wife’s best friend; Father as child caregivers; Fathers as advocate in the prevention of family violence; Fathers as advocate in promoting a drug-free home; and promoting family solidarity.
Pumihic said understanding oneself and accepting one’s role as a father would help them become effective advocates.
A husband serving as his wife’s best friend and not only as a person to rear their children or do household chores is also important. The fourth module explains the roles of fathers in child caring or rearing while the fifth module teaches fathers in the prevention of family violence.
The sixth module helps fathers advocate the promotion of a drug-free home that will encourage them to be effective without violence and drugs at home, while the seventh module reminds fathers they should be the ones leading in the formation of spiritual values among the children.
Councilor Lawrence Dulnuan Jr. requested that the sangguniang bayan members be considered in the AMMA. It was agreed they will be tapped as resource speakers in the organization of more groups of the father’s movement in the municipality since they were trained in Baguio City about this program.
The AMMA was organized in recognition of the role the males play in the health and social activities in the community level.