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Bacolod Family Week celebration starts

Bacolod City (25 September) -- The Family Week Celebration commenced this week with the theme: "Makulay ang Buhay ng Pamilyang Matibay".

Executive Assistant Atty. Vicente Pitierre, said that the theme of the Family Week is in line with the thrust of the city government to develop families who fear and believe in God, care for their neighbors, environment and country for the sake of future generations.

Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia envisions the development of the city into a modern highly urbanized city with peaceful living conditions.

Leonardia wants to develop Bacolod into a dynamic center for economic growth where livelihood opportunities abound so that heads of families do not have to go away to earn a living, Petierre said in a statement.

Councilor Homer Bais, Chairman of the Committee on Social Services, emphasized that the family is "one of the important pillars of society". If we are to develop our society, we should develop our families first, he said. Bais added that a successful politician cannot claim to be truly successful if at home his family is problematic. "If a politician has many families he is a bad example," he said.

A long-time advocate of women's rights, Councilor Celia Flor said that a family can only be strong if there is equality and partnership between husband and wife and the home is free from domestic violence. "There should not only be care but love and respect and the husband must not physically abuse his wife in the alibi of discipline", Flor said.

Officer in Charge of the city Dept. of Social Services and Development explained that Executive Order No. 24, Series of 1995 and Proclamation No. 60 provide the guidelines for the celebration of the National Family Week. (CMO/PIA) [top]

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