Family forum culminates Baguio celebration of Family Month
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (3 October) -- In celebration of Family Month, the Balikatan sa Kaunlaran, in coordination with the City Government, through the office of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda, held a family forum at the City Hall's Multi Purpose Hall, Wednesday.
The forum is highlighted by sharing of family insights and experiences from a father, mother, daughter and a son's perspective or point of view. Atty Moises Cating, a father of five, who has been married fore 49 years now, gave the father's perspective. Mrs Becky Domogan, a mother of two and wife of Baguio City Congressman Mauricio Domogan, shared her experiences as a mother, Tam Jewel Tibaldo, a Nursing Student at the University of Cordilleras shared her experiences and insights as a daughter, while Youth leader Jason Balag-ey gave an insight on a son's perspective.
In sharing their family experiences, the speakers stressed the importance of a God-centered and loving family relationship; a good parental guidance, support and inspirations; effective communication between members of the family – for children to grow up properly in a society.
The forum also included a workshop, with a theme "Strengthening Family Ties to Address the Issues of the Youth," wherein participants discusses problems, specifically related to the youth and then aims to come out with strategies and recommendations.
Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda stressed the importance of family forums like this for the education of both parents and children, so as for them to come out with a better and strengthen family, especially with the present youth related problems that the city is encountering.
"I encourage more forums like this, hoping that the family sharing in this forum would serve as an inspiration to the participants, as these are all personal experiences of family members," Tabanda said.
The event was attended by representatives from different barangays, religious groups, government offices, the academe, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) groups, students, and Out of School Youths (OSYs).
Balikatan sa Kaunlaran is composed of the different women associations in the city. Aside from family forums like this, the group is also involved in other civic projects, like the yearly Search for the city's Most Outstanding Barangay Women's Group. The group is also supporting 10 Day Care Centers from indigent barangays in the city. (PIA) [top]