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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Quality time with children important, says DSWD

by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (28 September) -- Parents should spend quality time with their children, especially during their children's puberty stage.

This was emphasized by Ms. Rebecca P. Geamala, OIC, Chief of the Technical Assistance Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Region VI (DSWD VI) during the PIA-CATV program focusing on the observance of the National Family week celebration, recently.

Gemala said that it is during puberty stage when emotional changes in children occur and parents should guide and give proper attention to these concerns.

"Families are confronted with other issues such as homelessness; increasing incidence of solo parents due to separation; and domestic violence," Gemala said.

She further said that "there is also the increasing number of Overseas Filipino Workers who have to leave their families behind to seek better opportunities abroad" in order to address the socio-economic needs of their children.

She lamented that while the parents are working abroad, some children were left, who have been neglected in the care of their nearest kin. "The children's emptiness often leads to substance abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction and unwanted pregnancies, and these are some of the problems confronting the Filipino families which the government is also addressing".

The DSWD in coordination with the LGUs and other private and government organizations, she said, is doing its best to meet this sector's social welfare and development needs.

"In our advocacy, we are still pushing for a strong and God loving family," Geamala said as stressed that despite all odds in life "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 and fulfilled lives". (PIA) [top]

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