A solo parent from Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, won first runner-up in the “Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya 2017” national search of the Department of Social Welfare and Development recently, its press release said.
Evangeline Nalam, an active community volunteer, received the award in the recently-concluded national search, in rites held at Muntinlupa Sports Complex in Muntinlupa City. The event was attended by 18 regional winners of the search, representing the 18 regions of the country.
The grand prize was awarded to the Cabualan family of Iloilo City, Betua family of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte – second runner-up, Mahayag family of San Francisco, Quezon, third runner-up, and the Catubig family of Brgy. Bogo, Maria, Siquijor, fourth runner-up, the press release said.
A widow for more than 12 years, Nalam, 59, of Brgy. Cawitan, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, raised her four children by instilling in them the values that would deeply influence her children's behaviors and attitudes, and uphold these values herself while taking on her responsibilities as a parent.
She has been a grantee of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program since 2009. Aside from being an active parent leader, she is also an active community volunteer of several local activities namely, Kapit-Bisig Laban saKahirapan–Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Service, Kababayin-an Buhata Federation, Kahugpungan sa Tribung Bukidnon, Cawitan Fisherfolk Farmers Association, Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, and San Pedro Panlisu-an Calanan Fatima Farmers Association.
An advocate of human rights, Nalam voluntarily assists victims of violence against women and children. She also joined as a community-based tie-up volunteer of the Philippine National Police on gender sensitivity.
To date, about 20 reported abuse cases in the barangay were already referred by Nalam to the Municipal Social Welfare Development Office and the PNP.
The search for model family is an annual event of the DSWD, which recognizes the exemplary family beneficiaries of 4Ps. It showcases the stories of families who, despite the challenges brought about by poverty, are able to maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and create a positive impact in their respective communities, the press release added.*
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