PGIN awards 2017 Model Families in celebration of nat'l family week

Oct 03, 2017 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) recognized and awarded nine families and three mothers with the titles "Model Family" and "Best Nanay" last Friday, September 28, at the Plaza del Norte Hotel and Convention Center in Laoag City.

Model Families is a program spearheaded by the Gender and Development (GAD) Office, with the selection committee composed of representatives from different public offices and the private sector. This year's selection committee was chaired by Atty. Juan Conrado A. Respicio II of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, who heads the SP Committee on Family Welfare.

Vice Governor Angelo Marcos Barba, representing Governor Imee R. Marcos, shared that "one of the objectives is to bring out the best in each family, and I believe that we are right on target... this will be a big boost in our nation-building effort, and we assure you that your accomplishments are well-appreciated."

According to Mrs. Shirley B. Hidalgo, planning officer of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and member of the selection committee, the families were evaluated from August 12 to September 12 under a holistic set of criteria.

These included self-reliance, health and sanitation, and values and spirituality, specifically: success earned through hard work, regular and legitimate sources of family income, overall health of the family as certified by a physician; the practice of proper waste management and segregation as well as environmental protection; attendance to church or spiritual activities; participation in community activities; financial management; and constancy of family communication, among others.

Hidalgo commended the 36 total finalists, "You have done your responsibilities as parents with utmost dedication and full sacrifice for the education of your children."

Bagging first place in the professional category were Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Pascua of Brgy. Pagdilao, Pinili, who adhere to the principle, "Education conquers all." Starting out as an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), Ruben only spent two years working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, before deciding to return home to be with his family and support them by working a farm while his wife Marison served as a special education teacher in Bacarra.

Runners-up were Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Balbas from Badoc and Mr. and Mrs. Armando Califlores from Nueva Era, respectively.

Topping the non-professional category was Mr. and Mrs. Elpidio Agregado Sr. of Brgy. Alsem, Vintar, who have seven children and describe their family as the "toughest but the happiest.

"We dedicated most of our lives to their dreams and aspirations in life through unwavering faith in God," they said, adding that "from the moment we built our family, we made sure that God was at the center."

They were followed by Mr. and Mrs. Emilio Ortal of Batac City and Mr. and Mrs. Paulo Rarugal of Sarrat, the latter a family solely of farmers and agriculturists.

Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Ludelito Rubio of Brgy. Quiling Sur, Batac City, bagged first prized in the OFW category.

After years of working away from home, Ludelito's wife returned to Ilocos Norte after their youngest daughter finished her college degree. Together, the couple established a refreshment store as their business, which keeps them busy as they manage it together and thus make up for the years of distance.

"Success is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure," they said, as they are finally reaping a good and comfortable life as a result of their hardships, sacrifices, and overcoming adversity as an OFW family.

At second and third place, respectively, were Mr. and Mrs. Domingo Cuanang Sr. of San NIcolas and Mr. and Mrs. Saturino Pepito of Badoc.

For the "Best Nanay" category, Dr. Thelma Benemerito of Pagudpud, a mother of seven children, bagged first place. She is also the third national awardee of the "Make Your Nanay Proud" Organization founded by Dr. Boy Abunda, Asia's "King of Talk."

Dr. Benemerito shared, "Faith in Jesus propels us to do things we otherwise would not do. It motivates us to act."

At second place was Mrs. Constancia Muñoz of Solsona, with Mrs. Cresencia Ramos of Sarrat at third place.

by Mizpah Grace Castro



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