May 18, 2024

Various activities will be held in Baguio in celebration of the Family Month. 

Councilor Elmer Datuin; who chairs the council committee on social services, women, and urban poor; announced the Family Month activities during the launching at City Hall last week.

He said the celebration is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 60 issued on Sept. 28, 1992, which declared the last week of September as National Filipino Family Week.

Among other activities, Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda and the Balikatan sa Kaunlaran  will conduct an orientation on family laws, child support, and child custody for solo parents on Sept. 26.

Interested parties who want the same lecture on a different date may get in touch with Tabanda’s office at the City Hall.

Another activity is the Barangayan Family Cleanup on Sept. 16 to be spearheaded by the Liga ng Mga Barangay, City Environment and Parks Management Office, Kalipunan ng Liping Pilipina (Kalipi), and the Federation of Baguio Senior Citizens.

A family fair day is also set on Sept. 23 at Burnham Park, in coordination with the steering committee, City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Library, Baguio City Police Office, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Baguio, Persons with Disability Affairs Office, Kalipi, the Philippine Councilors’ League, City Mayor’s Office, Public Information Office, Special Services Division, and the offices of councilors Datuin and Tabanda. Booths will be provided for the participating agencies.

Another activity is the Overseas Filipino Family Day on Sept. 19 to 20.

Datuin also encouraged families to dine together during the Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day, which is set on Sept. 25.

The mass wedding, which became an institutionalized activity of the city, is set on Sept. 29. The activity, spearheaded by the CSWDO, has been conducted since 1995 to legalize the union of couples living together.

Datuin said in the past 26 years, 1,098 couples participated in the program. 

He encouraged families to prioritize each other, spend quality time together, and make the family intact despite difficulties, including natural disasters, psychological, or economic reasons, among others.  – Julie G. Fianza