DSWD, NCFF Celebrate International Day of Families

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, May 16 — The National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), will conduct a forum in celebration of the International Day of Families on May 19, with the theme, “Ensuring Work-Family Balance”.

Some 250 family advocates, representing the different member-sectors of the NCFF, will participate in the forum to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cultural Hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Provident Village, Marikina City.

The International Day of Families is observed annually on the 15th of May as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in a 1993 resolution. This year’s theme emphasizes that “work-family balance lies at the core of the ability of the family to provide economically and emotionally for its members.” The UN calls on States to “share knowledge about good practices in work-family balance being implemented and advocated for by Governments, private sector, civil society and academic institutions.”

The topics to be discussed are: strategies to help families cope with work and family responsibilities, the impact of work pressures on family life, and trends impacting work-family balance from the viewpoint of family advocates. Regional activities such as consultation dialogues, forums, family development sessions, orientations, and the like are also being conducted in partnership with stakeholders.

The Philippine Constitution recognizes the family as the foundation of the nation. And as a nation known for giving importance to strong family ties, the National Committee on the Filipino Family is enjoining all sectors nationwide to conduct activities to commemorate this international event aimed at strengthening families worldwide.

NCFF is composed of representatives from government agencies such as the DILG, DepEd, DOH, NEDA, NYC, CWC, CHED and PIA; faith-based organizations like the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints; and non-government organizations such as the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, NorFil, and Pro-Life Philippines, among others. United in advocating the Filipino value of strong family ties, the NCFF supports measures promoting, protecting and enhancing the quality of family life. (PNA) RMA/PR/rsm

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