Amidst life’s challenges, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) partner-beneficiaries showed perseverance and resiliency through the ‘Salaysay ng Buhay ng Pamilyang Pantawid.’

The program initiated the story writing and poster making contest, which aimed to promote the positive impacts of the program in uplifting the lives of its partner-beneficiaries.

Twelve families from the different towns in the Central Visayas region participated in the story writing activity, which recounted their family story and how their life improved through the intervention of the program. They also made a poster, which creatively depicted their written family story.

Jocelyn Pacure together with her four children show their creative poster based on their life story.

For Bohol province, the Dusaran family of Alicia, the Lapad family of Batuan, and the Dungol family of Trinidad presented in their life story the improvement of their living condition since they became 4Ps partner-beneficiaries.

The family stories of the Desamparado family from Bantayan, the Castañeda family from Daanbantayan, and the Pacure family from Liloan in Cebu province focused on how they overcome problem by working together as a family.

In Negros Oriental, the Gedorio family from Mabinay, the Sedillo family from Santa Catalina, and Cafino family from Zamboanguita have demonstrated in their written story positive Filipino values like love, respect, determination, and unity through meaningful activities at home and in the community.

The 4Ps family stories in Siquijor province like the Magsayo family from Maria, the Balwit family from San Juan and the Lontayao family from Siquijor Capital also evoked emotions as they recounted their hardships and reflected on the life lessons.

From the twelve family stories, the Pacure family, the Lontayao family and the Lapad family emerged as the top three winners. For the poster, the Desamparado family bagged the best in poster design.

“I am forever grateful for all the blessings that we have received in our life. The Pantawid program constantly reminds us not only of our responsibilities to our families but also of our responsibilities to our community and society,” said Jocelyn Pacure in dialect.

Jocelyn Pacure from Barangay Yati, Liloan, shared how she coped with grief after the sudden death of her husband and managed to stand as a solo parent to her four children. She is currently a community leader, a community volunteer, and a cluster leader of World Vision, a non-government organization (NGO).

Furthermore, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII kicked-off the National Family Week (NFW) celebration on September 21, 2020 through the launching of an art exhibit which showcased the poster of the twelve 4Ps families in the ‘Salaysay ng Buhay ng Pamilyang Pantawid.’

Opening of the art exhibit headed by Regional Director Rebecca Geamala and other key officials of DSWD-7.

DSWD-7 Regional Director Rebecca Geamala led the ribbon cutting and assisted by Assistant Regional Director for Operations Shalaine Marie Lucero and Assistant Regional Director for Administration Antonio Dolaota. Other division heads and staff also attended the activity.

The 28th NFW is celebrated on September 21-27, 2020 with the theme “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.”

For this year’s NFW celebration, the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF) also adopted the sub-theme, “Mapagkalingang Pagtugon at Proteksyon sa Bawat Pamilyang Pilipino Mula sa Mga Suliranin sa Gitna ng Pandemyang COVID-19.” It emphasizes the importance of providing Filipino families with compassionate response to economic shocks and protection from violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NFW is a yearly celebration held every fourth week of September pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 issued on September 28, 1992. ###

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