Money is cause of family’s most arguments: forum

The Kapihan sa PIA forum on Sept. 24 tackles issues confronting the Filipino family in celebration of National Family Week. Seated are (l-r) are PIA Provincial Coordinator Jenny Tilos, Dumaguete City Family Week Celebration Committee Chair George Gilvero, Pastor Francisco Abella of First Evangelical Church, and Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA)- Negros Oriental Executive Director Jude Mae Piñero. (Roi Lomotan /PIA7- NegOr)

The need for families to become financially stable was focused in a forum that tackled issues that Filipino families confront nowadays.

Speaking in a Kapihan Forum in observance of the National Family Week with the theme, “Tungo sa maginhawa, matatag, at panatag na pamilyang Pilipino,” local Family Week Celebration Chairperson George Gilvero Jr. said to achieve the vision to provide a comfortable life for every Filipino entails financial stability for families.

Gilvero also pointed out that families who are financially burdened tend to borrow money from multiple sources to secure their needs but this only makes them buried in debt.

In addition to this, Pastor Francisco Abella of the First Evangelical Church disclosed that the problem on unemployment has been a primary reason why families break up.

Gilvero noted that this issue is a challenge to the community, but he acknowledged that the government has undertaken several measures to address this.

TESDA-Negros Oriental Staff Jecila Ocariza, who was also in the forum, announced some of agency’s scholarship programs on livelihood and skills training education as a response to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s socio-economic agenda.

“We are thankful that we are able to help sa atoang mga kaigsoonan (to our brethren) who need most of the skills training for livelihood or employment or selfemployment. TESDA is offering different scholarship program. This is one of the agency’s responses to the 10 socio-economic agenda of the President (particularly) in livelihood program,” Ocariza said.

Ocariza elaborated the four scholarship programs of TESDA during the forum, namely: Private Education Student Financial Assistance (PESFA), Training for Work Scholarship (TWSP), Special Training for Employment Program (STEP), and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act (UAQTEA).

In support to the campaign on empowering families through livelihood, TESDA Provincial Administrative Officer Joshua Delos Reyes shared that their agency prioritizes drug dependents under the endorsement of the Department of Health (DOH), persons deprived of liberty (or persons in jail), rebel returnees, and solo parents or children from broken families as beneficiaries of their scholarship programs.