By Dr. Grace T Sumbillo, the Executive Director of Pamilya Muna Pilipinas, Inc.
June 20, 2017 – Pamilya Muna Pilipinas, Inc. in partnership with the Philippine Army National Headquarters has launched the Philippine Army’s Family Welfare Advancement Program entitled “7Fs To Building A Stronger Family, Stronger Army” last June 25, 2017 at the Luna Hall, Philippine Army Officer’s Club, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
It was attended by seventy (70) Army personnel who were represented each unit or department within the national headquarters. These soldiers were trained as facilitators for the 7Fs programs. This is just the first of a series of 7Fs program to conducted in all the army camps all over the country to soldier assigned in the various infantry divisions starting in 2018.
The first F conducted was on Family with “Be A Better Dad Today” seminar-workshop and it was taught by Robby Luzuriaga, President of Philippine without Orphans and a business consultant and his wife, Monica, a homeschool advocate and currently taking her Masters in Clinical Psychology at De La Salle University.
Why does Pamilya Muna Pilipinas desire to serve our soldiers and strengthen their families? The answer is aptly expressed in the following message by Brigadier General Rolando Bautista, Commander, 1st Infantry Division, Philippine Army on Father’s Day, June 18, 2017. It was a message to the soldiers who are currently deployed in the conflict zone where our soldiers are fighting against an ISIS influenced terrorist group in Marawi City, Mindanao, Southern Philippine. Armed Forces of the Philippine Chief of Staff – Major General Ed Ano also said that our soldiers’ job is to secure the land in order for Filipino father to celebrate Father’s Day with their family peacefully.
“Father are like soldiers. They are protector of their children. Father are not only provider of their families, they are also most importantly teachers, influencer and protectors. As we do our best to protect our families, we also exert our best efforts in fulfilling our duties to protect our land. On Father’s day, we cannot be there with our children because of our call of duty. We cannot be with our children today because we are serving the people and we are protecting the land”
“It is our privilege and honour to have you with us in our journey to become men and women worthy of service to our country”
-Major Rolly Acido, Philippine Army