TODAY is the United Nations-declared and globally celebrated International Day of Families. The UN General Assembly’s resolution on Sept. 10, 1993 states that “the annual observance reflects the importance which the international community attaches to families as basic units of society.”
This year’s global theme is “Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity.” It is a timely theme. For everywhere in the world new mores created by new technology and new economic pressures on families have made the younger generation value the family less than their parents and grandparents did.
The Social Welfare Department, which chairs the National Committee on the Filipino Family (NCFF), has highlighted “the challenges brought by the increasing number of solo parents, and how this affects the relationship within the family.” It quotes the UN literature on the theme that says “intergenerational solidarity relates to the reciprocal care, the support and exchange of material and non-material resources in families, typically younger, and older generations.”
The NCFF will conduct a Forum on Advancing Social Integration and Intergenerational Solidarity on May 17, 2013. Policy-makers and people tasked with developing and implementing programs in the national and Metro Manila local governments, non-government organizations and civil society organizations (including faith-based ones) are expected to attend the forum.