Cotabato City (September 23, 2019)—The week-long celebration of the 27th National Family Week in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) kicked-off with a parade on Monday morning, September 23, at the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM) compound in Cotabato City.
The celebration of the 27th National Family Week in the region, which aims to strengthen the Filipino family unity and relationship through meaningful celebration and promotion of Filipino values, is spearheaded by the Ministry of Social Services and Development (MSSD).
During Monday’s program, MSSD Minister Atty. Raissa H. Jajurie stressed the importance of family in the Bangsamoro. “Family is the basic unit of our society. The stronger the family you have, the stronger the society we can have,” she said.
“By the essence of our brotherhood and sisterhood in Islam, the Bangsamoro is, indeed, one family that we have to strengthen to continue our national development efforts and initiative,” Minister Jajurie added.
Meanwhile, the family of Bangsamoro Grand Mufti Abu Huraira Udasan of Regional Darul Iftah of the Bangsamoro was hailed 2019 Model Family (line agency category), while Hanan Haji Mohammad’s family from Lanao Sur A was awarded 2019 Huwarang Pamilya from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) by the MSSD. They both received Php 15, 000 worth of cash prize each.
Farouk Abbas’ family from Calanogas, Lanao del Sur, 2018 Huwarang Pamilya from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) awardee, was also recognized as one of the participants during the program and received Php 5,000 worth of cash prize.
Special awards were also given to the Office of the Chief Minister for most number of participants; Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC – BARMM) for best T-shirt layout; Ministry of Environment, National Resources and Energy(MENRE-BARMM) as early birds; and the National Food Authority (NFA) and Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs (MIPA) for the first agencies to hang 27th National Family Week banners in their respective offices.
This year’s celebration of the National Family week carries the theme, “Tungo sa Maginhawa, Matatag, at Panatag na Pamilyang Pilipino.” It is pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation No. 60, Series of 1992. (Bureau of Public Information)