Effective communication in fostering family resiliency

By Roi Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, Sept. 25 (PIA) – Church group leaders in Dumaguete City appealed to family heads to promote a culture of openness to avoid conflicts within family members.

In a Kapihan sa PIA on Wednesday and in line with the observance of the National Family Week, Dr. Emigdio Omictin, President of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) — Negros Oriental, explained resilience as the ability to bounce back after undergoing crisis.

Omictin’s explanation of resiliency was in line with this year’s National Family Week Celebration theme ‘Celebrating Filipino Family: Resilient and Caring,’ two traits that are evident among Filipino families, he said.

“Resilience can be related to ‘katatagan ng loob’ which portrays the sense of stability, durability and endurance,” Omictin said.

Omictin as well as other religious leaders agreed that family resiliency can be nurtured and fostered through effective communication between parents and children.

Omictin believes respect and trust in the family springs from good communication among members and communication and quality time are vital factors in resolving family problems and conflicts.

Glynda Descuatan, Chairman of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) – Negros Oriental, mentioned that the challenge to modern families is to maintain effective communication among family members.

Descuatan notes that effective communication among modern families is barred by different hindrances that confront family relationships like parents working abroad and advancements in technology that made communication a less priority among family members.

“One of the challenges in our households is to create an atmosphere of openness, where we can all express our feelings,” Descuatan suggests.

Descuatan added that through the culture of openness in the family, suicidal tendencies among family members can be prevented.

Rogelio Montemayor, the councilor of the Dumaguete state of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, also shared that part of having a culture of openness is involving children in the decision making process in the family since it encourages to voice out their opinion in concerns involving their family.

Apart from effective communication, family resilience can also be fostered by church teachings.

“A family that has a deep understanding on the (family) doctrine will be a resilient family,” Montemayor adds.

The kapihan is one of the activities set by the Family Week Steering Committee of the City Government of Dumaguete in observance of the Family Week from September 28 to September 30, 2014.  (mbcn/ral/PIA7-NegOr)

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