Social Welfare and Development Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman and Mayor Benhur Abalos Jr., awarded the winner of the Search for the 2012 Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya during the kick-off activity for the National Family Week celebration on September 22 in Mandaluyong City.

Declared winner is the family of Mr. and Mrs. Rommel Manarpaac of Batac City, Ilocos Norte. As winner, the Manarpaac family will become an advocate of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and will be speaking in various fora to share their inspiring story. The family received a cash prize and plaque of recognition from the National Committee on the Filipino Family chaired by the DSWD.

The Manarpaac family was adjudged as the model family-beneficiary of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program for their consistent compliance to the program conditionalities, their strong sense of family values, and their active participation to the development of their community.  The nationwide Search for Huwarang Pantawid Pamilya was launched in July.

Runners-up are the families of Mr. Rey and Evangeline Rodriguez of Iloilo City and Mr. Luis and Marilyn Babia of Baguio City (1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively).

Secretary Soliman commended the model-family and enjoined all Filipino families to spend quality time with family members amid the pressure of work especially during the National Family Week from September 22-30. The theme for this year’s Family Week celebration is “Ensuring Work-Family Balance.”