September 28, 2021

In the midst of the pandemic, modern technology has been hailed as a huge aid to families

During this difficult period of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) epidemic, family life ministries in Negros Oriental have recognized the significance of contemporary technologies.

Leaders of faith-based organizations agreed that digital technology has helped families fulfill their individual and community needs as resource speakers during a “Kapihan sa PIA” discussion here on Wednesday in honor of the government’s 29th National Family Week celebration.

The chairman of the Dumaguete City Family Life Council, George Gilvero, said that communication plays an essential part in society, with individuals readily interacting with one another through technology despite their distance.

He emphasized the significance of contemporary technologies in bolstering the family, which he calls “the nation’s cornerstone.”

“As a result, the government’s goal is to strengthen family unity and actively strive for its complete development,” he said.

Families no longer feel lonely when they miss loved ones in other countries since they can communicate with them in real-time thanks to technological advances, according to Gilvero.

According to him, new technology aids families in coping with the epidemic by offering access to education for students, work-from-home arrangements for employees, real-time virtual conferences and meetings, masses and other religious events, and even food delivery services.

However, given the numerous harmful effects and misleading information spreading online, Gilvero urged parents to educate their children on appropriate device use.

Dr. Vicente Jurlano, Ph. D., who represents the Couples for Christ (CFC) in this city, stated that despite the pandemic’s quarantine rules and constraints, they were able to continue their regular prayer sessions via different virtual platforms.

“It is critical that these activities continue to have continuous contact between members and leadership,” he added, acknowledging that not everyone has access to technology since some people live in rural regions.

Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the Filipino bishop chosen by Pope Francis as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples in the Vatican, performed mass for them in Rome, Italy, according to Jurlano.

That would have been impossible without modern technology, he said.

Pastor Francisco Abella of the Pentecostal Church, for one, expressed gratitude for modern technology since it allows his congregation to interact with people from all over the globe and participate in virtual sharing during the epidemic.

He pointed out that strong families are the foundation of a healthy community and church.

He said that the Pentecostal Church was able to conduct weekly apostolic fellowships for dads who provide for their families, as well as various activities for moms who are homemakers.

“All of this is made possible by contemporary technology,” the preacher said.

The theme of this year’s National Family Week is “Pamilya at Teknolohiya: Magkabalikat na Mapagtagumpayan ang Hamon ng Pandemya.”

Malacanang ordered government offices to close at 3:30 p.m. on Monday to enable employees to spend time with their families and commemorate “Kainang Pamilya Mahalaga Day.”

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