DSWD chief leads parade of families
Quezon City (21 September) -- Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral will lead more than 200 families in a banner parade around the Elliptical Circle in Quezon City on September 22 at 4:00 p.m. to signal the start of the National Family Week celebration from September 24-30.
This year's theme is "Makulay ang Buhay ng Pamilyang Matibay."
Secretary Cabral said that the family banner parade is a good opportunity to let people know that there are successful, happy and strong families whom they can pattern their families after.
"We all need to see that there are still a lot of people who believe in families and that there are still a lot of families who manage to stay together and live happy, fulfilled lives," Secretary Cabral said.
Families joining the parade will be hoisting their banners with designs and messages that reflect what the family cherishes most.
Through the banners, families should speak out and stand up for the things that they consider important.
After the parade, there will be a program at the Quezon City Hall Plaza where, Barangay Captain and Mrs. Jose and Asuncion Visaya of Barangay Novaliches Proper, 2007 Huwarang Pamilyang Pilipino of Quezon City will be awarded by Secretary Cabral and Quezon City Mayor Feliciano R. Belmonte, Jr.
The Family Week celebration is an event declared through Presidential Proclamation No. 60 signed on September 18, 1992. This event seeks to strengthen family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values.
The National Committee on the Filipino Family chaired by the DSWD spearheads the celebration of the National Family Week with partners from non-government organizations and other government agencies.
Likewise, during the program, Secretary Cabral will launch the "Sing for Me: A Call for Peace and Unity" project for disadvantaged children, particularly children in conflict with the law (CICL) and victims of disasters.
"The Family Week program is a timely opportunity to launch "Sing for Me: A Call for Peace and Unity" since it is for the benefit of children who in turn are the most important members of a family," the Secretary added.
The project is a simultaneous serenade of Christmas carols which will engage all sectors of society to support the construction of Bahay Pag-Asa (Home for CICL) in provinces and highly urbanized cities.
During the launch chorale groups from 15 local government units have confirmed their participation. Lead choir is the UP Singing Ambassadors under Conductor Ed Manguiat.
Secretary Cabral invites families to join the celebration at the Quezon City Hall and be part of the jubilation. (DSWD) [top]