By Jennifer C. Tilos
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office here named the top three winners of this year’s Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya search Friday in Negros Oriental.
The family of Nicolas and Elbe Bohol of the municipality of Mabinay, active recipient of the Pantawid Pamilya program, was selected as the first placer model family.
The second and third placers of the search are the family of Gleen and Justina Villego of Basay town and Emilio and Emilda Esteral family from Siaton, respectively.
Provincial Link Asela Bella Tse of DSWD said they are now part of the agency’s family ambassadors who can help promote or advocate the ‘Pantawid Pamilya’ program and serve as a good role model in their barangay.
The provincial winners received a cash prize of P7,000, P5,000, and P4,000 for the 1st, 2nd, and third placers, respectively, and a certificate of recognition during the provincial awarding ceremony.
The father of the Bohol family, Nicolas, is a carpenter and completed only Grade 2 while his wife Elbe, accepts laundry services from their neighbors to sustain the needs of the family.
Nyx, 22, and third child of the seven children of the Bohol family said their parents tried harder and struggled in looking for means to provide them with the education and basic needs despite their lack of education.
For now, the four children are graduates of different fields.
Nyx is applying at the Department of Education as a school teacher, her two older siblings have graduated from a Bible school, now a pastor and a policeman, while another one is applying to be a policeman.
With the help of the Pantawid program and those working siblings, Nyx said the three younger ones continue their studies in Mabinay and her mother now has a small sari-sari store in their house.
Tse said the search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya aims to highlight the role of the Filipino family as the core support to building a stronger foundation of the community as well as in the country.
Information Officer Kerwin Macopia of DSWD7 said this recognizes outstanding family beneficiaries who maintain strong family ties, demonstrate positive Filipino values, and have a positive impact in the community where they reside.
Macopia said through this search, families also showcase the improvement in their lives as the fruits of their own hard work and inspire the whole country despite the challenges they experience brought about by poverty.
The Bohol family as the provincial winner will compete in the regional level search.
DSWD sets the desk validation criteria for the annual search which include strong family ties and harmonious relationship while upholding Filipino values despite the challenges of poverty (25 percent), family practices and promotes healthy living and environment care (20 percent), family involvement in community activities (20 percent), family as inspiration to others in the community (20 percent) and strives to improve living conditions amidst difficult situation (15 percent).