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Responsible parenting movement getting on

Davao City (25 September) -- The responsible parenting movement is snowballing and is getting on even at the barangay level as the government is looking at families as essential components of sustainable development.

Speaking during the Family Week Celebration at the SM Entertainment Plaza, Population Commission (Popcom) Assistant regional director Erwin Dalog yesterday cited the family as a development asset of the country.

Pushing the national government program on strengthening the Filipino Family, Dalog said POPCOM 11 has now conducted about 150 classes on responsible parenting even in various barangays.

POPCOM is holding lectures on RPM to 10 couples in a class for an eight-hour session.

"We want to mobilize a critical mass of parents to compose the movement," he said.

POPCOM is getting in touch with barangay officials and the church to push forward the movement and make every Filipino part of the movement which is aimed at "making couples aware of their basic responsibilities as parents and to awaken their commitment towards their family, neighbor, community, society and nation as a whole."

It also aims to make every Filipino realize that "responsible parenting is a way of life towards the attainment of sustainable development."

Waged in the middle of this year, the movement is also teaching couples about fertility awareness which touches matters on natural family planning.

Dalog defined parenting as the skill, experiences, abilities and responsibilities involved in rearing and in educating children.

It is also the will and the ability of parents to respond to the needs and aspirations of the family and children.

In the same forum Phillip Tan, resource and employment manager of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) in Davao City, considered smooth-sailing relationship between a husband and a wife as the "best gift parents can give to their children."

"Isang napakagandang pakiramdam sa isang bata kung buo ang kanyang pamilya," he said as he spoke before participants to the celebration program of the Family Week bearing the theme "Makulay ang Buhay ng Pamilyang Matibay."

Tan said respect for each other, a soft answer, honesty on money matters and praying together are cornerstone in building a strong husband and wife relationship.

Activities in celebration of the Family Week are being sponsored by the Regional Inter-agency Committee on Filipino Family chaired by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

This year's opening salvo of the week-long celebration was participated in by about 50 groups from various agencies of the local and national government, non-government organizations and church-based organizations. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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