December 26, 2006 · Posted in: i Report Features

We are family

SO how did you spend Christmas? With your family, right? Or at least that’s what you would have wanted.

If there is anything that defines the Filipino, that is our close ties to our family. But the Filipino family has been getting redefined and reconfigured in the last two decades at a rather fast clip. By 2010, the Filipino family may be far different from what we knew it to be just a decade ago.

In the latest piece in the i Report series on political predictions for 2010, medical anthropologist Michael L. Tan examines the impact that political policies have had on the Filipino family so far. He cites several laws that have led to profound changes on the family, but he narrows down the factors that have had the most effect: the worsening income inequity; erosion of social services; massive diaspora (including internal migration); and increasing feminization of labor.

“All four factors are inter-related, often in ways that may not be readily apparent,” writes Tan. “For example, many of the nurses who leave to work overseas are older women, forced to leave behind families. But besides the direct loss for families, their departure also means a scarcity of trained frontline personnel in both public and private health facilities jeopardizing the health of Filipino families.”

“Taken collectively,” he adds, “these four developments have already been reshaping Filipino families over the last two decades. The years leading us into 2010 will only see an intensification of these four factors, with mixed results.”

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2 Responses to We are family


Juan Makabayan

December 27th, 2006 at 6:12 am

In a conference on most serious threats to human survival, the breakdown of the family topped the list over nuclear war, terrorism, diseases and famine



December 27th, 2006 at 8:20 pm

“The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic social institution. It shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn from conception. The natural and primary right and duty of parents in the rearing of the youth for civic efficiency and the development of moral character shall receive the support of the government.”

Above is one provisions of the l987 Constitution where the States Clearly failed.

From family planning to the institution of marriage and divorce, and child support for abandoned mothers and single parents, the government has failed in every angle.. How many single parents are left to care for their children without the father support? And the government agencies not doing much to discourage single parenthood. How many mothers are abandoned without family allowances to tide them up, but leave them up to the pre-schooler children to provide means of livelihood? Constititutional Provisions look good on paper, but without following it up to the later is not even worth the paper it is written on.

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