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Friday, October 9, 2015

DSWD hosts Pantawid Pamilya National Family Day 2015

By Alma L. Tingcang

IPIL, Zamboanga Sibugay – In observance of the Family Week, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) hosted the Pantawid Pamilya Family Day 2015 with the theme, “Tuloy and Pagbabago” last Oct. 4 at the Universidad de Zamboanga gymnasium here.

DSWD-9 Regional Director Zenaida L. Arevalo said it was a venue to gather Pantawid families in a one day festive activity full of fun and surprises, and sharing of “pagbabago” stories in the presence of civil society organizations, national government agencies and media partners.

These were success stories from beneficiaries on how the program has changed and improved their lives.

In his message, Governor Wilter Yap Palma said, “Be true to yourselves, your colleagues, friends and to the community as a whole. Being true to your own families is the foundation of an honest society.”

“Ug dili lig-on ang pamilya, dili lig-on ang komunidad. Mao sab ang nasod, Kinahanglan magsugod gyud ang maayong pundasyon sa pamilya (If the family is not strong, so is the community and the country. Strong foundation should start within the family),” Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan quoted as saying.

Different products were on display made by livelihood associations in the province such as: banana chips, crispy banana crackers, bigas-mongo curls, lemon juice herbal wine, moringa aroma, boneless danggit, and other products.

To make the activity more memorable, medical consultation, haircut, manicure and pedicure services were offered free to all participants who willingly obliged to be pampered on this remarkable Family Day celebration.

Meanwhile, Ms. Flordeliza Y. Alar-Atuy, Pantawid Pamilya Provincial Link proudly reported that Sibugay’s very own Huwarang Pamilya from Titay town, Mr. & Mrs. Silvano A. Yamaro was among the five regional winners of the search.